I couldn't believe the letter "Gun ads celebrate violence" (May 7). While I am sure the writer is a wonderful person, her reasoning is seriously flawed. To intimate that gun advertisements encourage or celebrate violence is akin to saying grocery ads encourage or celebrate obesity, or pharmaceutical ads encourage illegal drug activity.
Guns aren't the problem. The problem is a society where people do as they please without any consequences and no responsibility.
The gun lobby is freedom-loving individuals who see the threat to our society from those who would disarm us. An armed populace was the only thing this country had when we declared independence from England. Because those revolutionaries knew the value of an armed populace, they memorialized the right to keep and bear arms in our Second Amendment.
A story: You are charged with the protection of a group of citizens in a dangerous place. The only options are to arm one person, who cannot be you, or arm everyone in the group. Since no one really knows what is in someone else's heart, the only prudent thing is to arm everyone.
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When you don't trust your fellow citizens enough to allow them the arms to defend themselves and their families, you have become part of the problem.