In reading Mr. Harris' comment about gun violence (Mailbag, Oct. 10), his point seems to be that Dept. of Justice and other data reveals most gun violence is family shootings, and mostly women shot are the victims of a husband or boyfriend. Children, he says, are more likely shot by a friend or family member, and 80 percent of men committing suicide use guns. He basically dismisses stranger and/or gang violence as a minimal portion of gun violence, and therefore no reason for "...more guns, less crime."

So, essentially, domestic violence, carelessness, psychotropic drugs, (this is my addition) lack of knowledge and suicides result in such shootings.

Those are people problems 100 percent, not a gun problem.

Then, Mr. Harris blames the NRA for not showing "...sympathy for victims in school shooting," but using them "...as the grounds for arming schools." A lot of misrepresentation there, Mr. Harris. Their purpose in arming the schools only makes sense to prevent future atrocities.

There is indeed a huge gap on the two sides toward firearms rights, but it helps to stick to facts.

Gary Hartman

Lebanon (Oct. 10)

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