Letters to the Editor

Steven Wade: Fewer guns, fewer deaths

I read with both a sense of tragedy and horror the Dec. 31 news article “ Boy, 2, finds gun in purse, kills mother in Walmart.” A television news report stated that the mother had done everything she was supposed to do to ensure the concealed gun was safely secured against accidents.

Then, in the Dec. 31 letter “ Zero guns,” the writer reminded me of the NRA favorite bromide, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

How, NRA, do we stop an innocent child from accidentally shooting his own mother, also witnessed by three other children, with all four children being scarred and traumatized for life? Where was the “good guy with a gun” to save this woman and the four children from a tragic accident? It certainly wasn’t a good-guy gun owner who was a member of the NRA.

But the NRA is right, “Guns don’t kill people.” However, “People with guns do.” Let’s make it a lot harder for people to acquire and possess guns, and we’ll see fewer senseless gun deaths, both intentional and accidental.

Steven Wade

Chapel Hill