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Gun advocate’s argument full of holes

Joel Hendrickson March 9th, 2011

Grant “Jake” Goss (Letters, “Councilman misfires with gun comment,” Feb. 16, Gazette) presents a reductionist and laughable argument. Are a Ferrari and a Pinto the same because they both use an internal combustion engine and roll on four wheels?

Are mustard gas and hydrogen gas the same because they’re both gases? Are coal and a diamond the same because they’re both made of carbon? For that matter, you could say a gun is the same as a flower because they’re both made of atoms.

The whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. So thank you for the lesson on how a bullet fires, Mr. Goss, but giving a lunatic the power to kill a dozen people in 10 seconds is quite different than giving him a musket with one bullet.

And with the now-ubiquitous gun advocate mantra of let’s “address the real issue of deranged individuals,” I expect the right wing to fully support universal, single-payer health care in the U.S. and get such individuals the psychological care they need!

Mr. Goss’s letter is factually ignorant as well. A quick Google search shows statistics from the United Nations prove gun restriction/elimination laws prevent homicides and accidental deaths in every industrialized nation in the world.

—Joel Hendrickson
Oklahoma City

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