If you see someone walking around with an assault rifle, do you assume he is there to shoot or protect someone? Perhaps we should leave the job of protection to the police. Guns are about killing people — 40,000 die in the United States each year, and the United States has more guns and guns per capita than any country in the world. Rarely do guns prevent crime, and those owning guns do not deter criminals. In an age where a large percentage of the population feels increasingly powerless in a complex society, many view the gun as power, control and a turn-on. Through NRA fear-mongering and lobbying, we have more guns and more deaths. Enter Kyle Rittenhouse, a self-appointed vigilante. Those he killed viewed him as a threat. When Kyle goes to court, he weeps for himself, and the jury feels sorry for him. He goes free, and our gun culture wins. Sad that we are on a downward spiral from good sense.
JOHN W. SHACKLETON JR., ATLANTA