The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

May 14, 2013

A balanced discussion

I have so wanted to stay out of this issue but Dr. Pat Bruno's recent article about gun violence cannot go unchallenged. I have the greatest respect for Dr. Bruno and his many contributions to the health issues for our community. But, on this issue I must respectfully disagree with his cherry-picked facts and conclusion.

He cites the study of eight 12-year old boys in a room with a handgun and implies that this may be representative of all 12 year olds in this country. If the weapon used in this study was a common butcher knife from any kitchen in the U.S. I wonder how many would handle it and could we conclude that knives pose a danger to children's wellbeing. Dr. Bruno states, "the origins of gun violence are many" and he rightly lists many that most responsible gun owners think should be studied. Then, he immediately advocates a ban on assault style weapons and high capacity magazines; he also states that the most effective measure to preventing firearm injuries and deaths to children is the total absence of firearms from our homes and communities. That's like concluding the most effective measure to prevent motor vehicle related injuries and deaths to children is the absence of all motor vehicles from our homes and communities.

Dr. Bruno states, that doctors, teachers, city and state officials, gun owners, families and young people must come together with a creative and meaningful commitment to improving our society by proposing that before that discussion begins responsible gun owners, must concede their rights to own firearms of their choice, how disingenuous.

I support having those discussions, I would be very interested in the statistics of firearm related deaths and injuries of children 15 and younger within a 25 mile radius of Sunbury and see where it ranks when compared with other causes of death in this area.

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