Problem is way kids are raised, not guns

To the editor:

In response to Julie Melchior, Michael Kendall, Don Barrett and Nikita Fischer and their letters on gun control: I own guns and they have never hurt or killed anyone. I was raised when the word “discipline” meant something. I was taught to take responsibility for my actions and how to handle a firearm — show the firearm respect just as you would a person.

Today, there is no respect or discipline. Kids know they can’t/won’t be disciplined. They’re sent to their rooms and play video games or watch TV. Without discipline, kids think they can do whatever they want.

My wife is a school teacher and I worry every day when she goes to work. I’m worried about a kid raised in today’s world who could act out with fighting, or with a pencil, scissors, a knife, a gun, a vehicle. Not one of these objects will hurt a person until another uses it as a weapon.

People are killed every day, but the blame is directed differently when a gun is used. If someone dies in an automobile accident, who blames the automotive industry? If people are killed by a drunk driver, who blames the alcohol? People are so narrow-minded with the “guns kill people” idea because that’s what you read or see in the media. Don’t you realize the gun is not a problem? Someone must pull the trigger, just as someone has to pick up a knife or drink before driving.

Did you read what you wrote? All you talked about is how “guns kill people,” not how people kill people. If you haven’t read the other letters, please do. Mr. Kendall suggests we imitate an old West movie, but we need to deal with today’s world.

I agree that the killings have to stop, but let’s start by teaching our children respect for each other, respect for life and start disciplining them. It may take the older generation to teach and discipline our kids — and not by talking or a simple slap on the hand. Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are slim. People are the problem, not guns.

—Josh Souders

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