From the chronic political diseases in education, taxes, and health care, we have again turned to the gun issue, the tragic crisis of the moment. To pass more laws or not to pass more laws? Recently, a gun-control advocate, a member of the "Washington Post" staff, decided to investigate the gun issue, recording the number of deaths by firearms. She found that 67 percent of these deaths were suicides. Of the remaining 34 percent, 75 percent were gang violence, gangs fighting for turf. Other causes of such deaths exist, with very few from police shootings. We should thank the lady for honestly reporting the picture as it is, not as she had wanted it to appear. Her honesty overruled her prior assumptions. Restoring and preserving public safety remains a local problem. Different designs are needed for different places. With advice from the FBI and the military, such designs can be achieved by local sheriffs and city police. No new norms of more public violence need exist. An executive order from the White House would be more helpful than sausage laws passed by Congress. Suicide is a spiritual and existential problem, relating to family life and education.
Leonidas H. Miller, Mattoon