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Letter to the Editor March 7, 2018 (Lovett)

By Daryle Lovett

March 7, 2018

I am responding to your article on the school shooting and Mr. Stum’s letter.   In your article you reference the NRA and Mr. Stum further indicts them as sharing responsibility for the various school shootings listed.  I know of not one mass shooting performed by an NRA member.

I am not an NRA member and have never owned more than a .22 caliber rifle.   I do have a number of friends and relatives who own rifles and are NRA members.  I have fired automatic weapons as I was trained on an M-16 and an M-60

Much of the information I am sharing comes from Wikipedia, The National Review, the Huffington Post, the Catholic Family News, CCHR International (the Mental Health Watchdog), The New American, Good Reads, A Simple Thing Called Life and CNBC News.

Mass shootings were classified in 2013 as shootings of four or more.  The first school shooting and mass killing was recorded in 1764 at the Enouch Brown School in Pennsylvania.  A teacher and nine students were killed by Delaware (Lenape) native Americans. Only one was shot with a gun.  Now, 474 school shootings have been reported resulting in 582 dead.  The number of mass shooting totals 25 resulting in 230 dead.

Since automatic weapons have not always been available and the NRA has not always been in existence, other factors must exist.  I’ve heard Trump must be partially blame but found that during Clinton’s time in office there were 52 shootings resulting in 74 dead (3 mass shootings with 24 dead).  Bush 43 had 58 shootings resulting in 102 dead (5 mass shooting, 57 dead).  Obama had 140 shootings with 136 dead (6 mass shootings with 62 dead). I wonder why Trump is to blame and why Clinton, Bush 43 or Obama weren’t to blame?

Taking the Bible out of school has been given as one of the factors. Engel vs Vitale 1962 and Abington School vs Schempp 1963 were the main factors removing religion from schools. Since there were 265 shootings ending in 321 dead (13 mass shootings with 94 dead) pror to 1960, this can’t be the only reason but could be a factor.

Some say government involvement in child discipline choices and eliminating disciplining of children has impacted the school shootings.  Since the Child Abuse and Treatment Act of 1974 (modified and expanded on at least nine times) was introduced, school mass shootings have increased.  I’m sure much value has been gained but I’m not sure the government should be involved in discipline.  

The entertainment industry through the violent movies and video games should take some responsibility but I don’t recall the editor or Mr. Stum mentioning them.

The news media and their race to state all the facts mention all the names seems to glorify the act for some.

The internet pushing to have all information available immediately may be a factor.  The internet was available in the mid-80’s but did not have wide access until 1995. Now, it is believed that 97.5% of all Americans use the internet.

Bullying or ostracizing those that may be different may be a factor but of course it’s easier to blame the NRA than school kids.

Psychiatric drugs have been a factor in 36 instances (now 38 Parkland and Sandy Hook added).  There have been over 186 wounded and 125 dead.  This is on the cases reporting drugs in use.  The incidents include rifles, shot guns, pipe bombs, knives and machetes.
The Huffington posted stated “A common thread amongst most horrific school shootings of the past 25 years is that the majority of the shooters were taking psychiatric medication”.  Yet, neither the editor or Mr. Stum called out the drug industry or doctors.

Some have said our society does not value life since Roe vs Wade in 1973.  The death of 57 million unborn babies has impacted how we look at life.

I’m sure many factors have impacted school shootings and mass shootings.  but believe it to be hypocritical to put the blame on the NRA.

I would agree with some laws regarding background checks and age limits (as long as drinking, voting, driving and registering for the draft have the same limits).  My fear with any limits on the 2nd Amendment is that our government and politicians are like the camel in the tent.  You let it have its nose in the tent and pretty soon you are outside and the camel is in the tent.

Some quotes from our founders:

Alexander Hamilton
 THE CONSTITUTION SHALL NEVER BE CONSTRUED…TO PREVENT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE PEACEABLE CITIZENS FROM KEEPING THEIR OWN ARMS.

James Madison
  (THE CONSTITUTION PRESERVES) THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING ARMED WHICH AMERICAN PEOPLE POSESSES OVER THE PEOPLE OF ALMOST EVERY OTHER NATION (WHERE) THE GOVERNMENTS ARE AFRAID TO TRUST THE PEOPLE WITH ARMS.

James Madison
  A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

George Mason
  TO DISARM THR PEOPLE…(I)S THE MOST EFFECTUAL WAY TO ENSLAVE THEM

Samuel Adams

  THE CONSTITUTION SHALL NEVER BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE PEACEABLE CITIZENS FROM KEEPING THEIR OWN ARMS.

In the 1920’s Germany required registration of guns.  In 1933, Hitler’s Gestapo used the registrations for a mass seizure of guns and revoked gun licenses.  

Adolph Hitler quote
THE STATE MUST DECLARE THE CHILD TO BE THE MOST PRECIOUS TREAURE OF THE PEOPLE.  AS LONG AS GOVERNMENT IS PERCEIVED AS WORKING FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHILDREN, THE PEOPLE WILL HAPPILY ENDURE ALMOST ANY CURTAILMENT OF LIBERTY AND ALMOST ANY DEPRIVATION.

Daryle Lovett

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