When I began to read Bill Presutti’s letter that explained that mental illness was not the reason for most gun violence (“Mental Illness Is Not Behind Most Gun Violence,” March 9), I thought I had finally found someone who was going to explain the real problem with gun violence. Instead, he echoed the same old song so often heard by the anti-gun organizations around every corner and, I fear, also deeply rooted in the editorial board of this paper.
Certainly there are too many gun-related crimes of violence within our society. But the real reason is being suppressed by the authorities empowered to stop such crime. Our elected leaders have not allowed the police to deal with the real perpetrators of gun violence.
Most of the murders throughout our area and even throughout our nation are because of the warring factions that are in the business of dealing narcotics. It becomes a problem when the vendors encroach upon someone’s territory and disrespect that person or persons. Most of the violence is retribution by one or another group that has staked out a specific area in which to do their dirty deeds. Or the failure to pay for drug purchases.
Not only is narcotics the reason for most gun violence, it is also the reason for many crimes that don’t involve guns. It’s not just that there are too many guns out there; the thugs who are using them would simply resort to the use of other deadly weapons to protect their territory.