Smoking out guns

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I see that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an advertising campaign running that shows pictures of people who have suffered the consequences of smoking. The pictures, which show people speaking through a hole in their throats, or with no teeth or badly scarred faces from throat and neck surgery, are hard to look at but surely must make many smokers try to break their habit.

Might the same dose of reality with regard to gun violence produce some positive results? What if our media stopped sanitizing gun violence?

If we saw pictures of bloody bodies scattered around a classroom or lying in the gravel outside a bar, wouldn’t we fight harder for sensible gun laws, and wouldn’t our legislators be more likely to support their constituents instead of the gun lobbyists?

If more guns make you safer, why does America, with the most guns per capita, also have the most gun crimes?

DENNIS LYNCH

Indiana Township


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