Motive, not method


While he does not come right out and say it, Brian Calvert appears to advocate altering the Second Amendment to the Constitution in his opinion piece “Growing up with guns” (HCN, 10/26/05). To confuse the use of weapons used for hunting with guns used in the commission of violent crimes is a greater stretch than comparing apples and oranges. Furthermore, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It states: “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.” The intent was clearly not to infringe on the right of the people to bear arms lest the State take our freedoms.

As someone who just recently lost a much-beloved middle-aged stepson to suicide via overdose of prescription painkillers, I share the author’s grief. My stepson had plenty of weapons of all types available. The truth is that when a person’s mental state reaches a point of killing one’s self, the method is immaterial. The motives and causes of violent crime are what societies need to pay attention to, not the method.

Tom Huerkamp
Orchard City, Colorado

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