Letter To The Editor: Guns – Nation’s Worst Epidemic

Los Alamos
A recent Washington Post article stated there are 113 guns per 100 people in the USA; the world average is 10 guns per 100.
There are 88 people killed by guns every day, two-thirds of which are suicides. What do these data share in common? The fact that guns are so prevalent in the United States is that they are so available someone in a fit of rage, fear, or depression, can find one and use it on impulse!
We read the statistics and become so accustomed that we accept them as how things should be. The Second Amendment of our Constitution 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.”
When the Bill of Rights was written the United States had no standing army; Washington commanded a Militia. My dictionary defines Militia as, “an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.” The word comes from the Latin mïles meaning soldier.
Originally the National Rifle Association was a hunter’s organization, now it is supported mainly by arms manufacturers. It fights any attempt, no matter how minimal, to attack the present interpretation of the 2ndAmendment.
I am not referring to responsible hunters, many of whom, like Native Americans, hunt to provide food for their families. I am not referring to sportsmen who compete in sanctioned marksmanship contests. I am referring to those who believe they must have guns in home, office, and car. We have law-enforcement agencies whose job is to protect our citizenry.
I’m not ignorant nor a Pollyanna, I realize this will not occur in my lifetime, nor perhaps ever. It is time for the silent majority to speak up and seriously challenge the epidemic plaguing our nation…