Gun saturation has led to more homicides in Pittsburgh

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Anyone else notice the tragic irony of the Aug. 5 front-page juxtaposition of an article questioning the cause for the currently increasing rate of homicides in our city (“Officials Seek to Derail Rise in Homicides”) and an obituary for James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who spent more than three decades in a frustrating fight for U.S. gun control after being shot in the head in 1981 by a disturbed young man?

Of course drugs and poverty and hopelessness have played a role in increasing the homicide rate, as the first article suggests, but the National Rifle Association-propelled saturation of our nation with firearms is a common thread underlying the soaring rates of homicide (nearly all of them using firearms), rates not approached by Western nations with more rational gun control.

We will never eradicate all the reasons people may be aggressive toward each other, but we could make homicide a bit more difficult by reducing the availability of firearms.

JOSEPH and SUSAN CENNAME
Indiana Township

 


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