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Letter: Don’t blame guns; blame the user
June 21, 2014, 05:00 AM Letter


This is in response to Jagjit Singh’s letter “Gun violence” in the June 4 edition of the Daily Journal. Personally, I do not like guns and I agree with his frustration concerning gun violence, but when I see people and politicians trying to remove guns from our possession and circumvent the Second Amendment, I am profoundly suspicious of their motives. I blame the gun violence on the lack of moral and civil behavior. Antisocial behavior is blamed on everyone and everything except the perpetrator.

We have destroyed the meanings of our holidays; we no longer start out school day with the Pledge of Allegiance, some defend the bullying behavior of their children. Church attendance is down. We have removed religion from our schools, etc.

When I was a boy growing up in San Francisco, there were gangs, automatic weapons, zip guns and crime, but we all had a set of moral values and respect for our elders and classmates. We also had a conscience. The people who commit gun violence lack a moral foundation or any feeling for whom they are about to injure. Do not blame guns, blame the society that we have created in the name of our progress.

Every child has to be socialized and endowed with a moral fabric over time starting at birth. Poverty is no excuse for antisocial behavior. Many people grew up poor but made successes of themselves. Does the media have to use the name of the perpetrator over and over and over or show the incident over and over? I think not. Let us all try to do a good deed every day and see what happens.

Charles Tooth

South San Francisco



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