Letters to the Editor

Defective System

I take issue with the article written by Moises Sandoval (CNS) promoting the idea that to reduce deaths we must reduce guns. 
First and foremost allow me to inform you that we do live in a society founded on the right to own firearms. When in responsible hands they pose a minimal danger. Please remember the old axiom “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Once you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. I am a 67-year-old retired Army veteran who is prohibited from purchasing a gun because I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of my service in Vietnam. However, a lone wolf prospect, previously checked by the FBI, and who went on to commit a massacre in Orlando, readily purchased a gun without any qualms. The system is obviously and seriously defective. Gun violence also produces sensationalism, that creates media frenzy. Keep in mind that not everyone out there who buys or owns a gun is a potential murderer. The reduction of guns to prevent deaths is merely a bandaid on major social wounds. 
Man has been murdering each other since the time of Cain and Abel and with whatever means available. However, allow me to provide you with a more horrific statistic. Abortions kill more human beings than guns—forcefully removing a soul, a pulsating heart, and human being, from the very source of its life, the womb, and then labeling it a medical procedure. It is the murder of an unborn child for the convenience of a woman. Our imperial jurists at the Supreme Court have called this type of homicide legal. We daily kill more innocent humans at the abortion clinics than guns do. What, I ask in all creation, are we doing about that? 
Think for a moment. Oh yes, the Good Shepherd never wished that his sheep be killed and for that matter He did not want his unborn lambs slaughtered either. Where my Lord have our moral values gone!
F. Prieto
Holy Family Church
Columbus, GA

Letters published do not necessarily reflect the views of the Southern Cross or of the Diocese of Savannah.

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