Don't take guns, fix kids' home environments (Thomen)

Much is being written these days about the need for more gun control because of the school shootings America has been experiencing.

When I was growing up before World War II in a small Texas town with about the same population as Santa Fe, Texas today, I owned both a double shotgun and a pump .22 gauge rifle. I was 13 or 14 years old.

I am not a member of the NRA, but still have my shotgun, which I have not fired for more than 40 years. I was not unique – it was common for boys my age to own such guns.

We did not have school shootings; we did have “bullying.” I remember being taught the following ditty: “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It was the perfect mental response to attempts to bully.

Instead of general gun control, I suggest we look at the environment (e.g., broken homes and general permissiveness) in which our young people are growing up. Without getting the diagnosis of the school shooting phenomenon right, there is little hope that corrective measures will be successful.

General gun control laws do not seem to me to be useful.

James R. Thomen

In a similar vein: Guns haven’t changed in America; people have, Walter E. Williams,, 6/6/18.
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