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Gun violence reveals deeper societal problems

The recent killing of eight people in a mall in Texas is another example of gun craziness in the country.

I continue to believe the solution isn’t outlawing guns or arming each and every citizen -- people intent on killing will always find them. It’s a societal problem, with sons having no fathers and mothers intent on milking the system, ignoring what the children are doing.

It’s no wonder kids turn elsewhere for guidance and validation. Unfortunately, there are significant political obstacles, and politicians don’t want to touch the situation for fear of losing votes. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this.

Why can’t someone in power have the guts to step up to the plate and address it? Self-preservation is a powerful deterrent.


Not all gun owners are fanatical about firearms

Since 2008 I have owned a firearm to protect my family.

Over the years, I got my Georgia carry license and legally purchased several firearms. I enjoy taking my guns to the firing range to shoot paper targets. Sometimes I focus on my rifles, but mostly I focus on my handgun skills.

Since I carry with me wherever I can legally, I feel it is important to be comfortable with my favorite gun. I also feel it is important for people who don’t own firearms to know that not all gun owners are fanatical about it.

Most importantly, this narrative that a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun is nonsense. As a person who carries a gun, I will always head to the closest exit to save myself or my family. I will only pull my gun if I’m cornered and have no other way out.

It is my job to be there for my family. It is the job of the authorities to stop a deranged gunman. Police have the necessary training to deal with situations like this.