Bad Letter to Editor Roanoke Times, Va
Would more guns solve the gun problem?
The online gun merchant who sold weapons to Virginia Tech's mass killer and to an Illinois campus murderer also sold gun accessories to George Sodini, who killed three people and wounded nine at a Pittsburgh-area health club.
The merchant, Eric Thompson of Green Bay, Wis., shows no compunction; people like Sodini, he says, could get weapons lots of other places, such as stores like Kmart. In short, everybody does it, and because everybody does it, there's no need for anybody to stop doing it.
Thompson also said in a newspaper interview that Sodini's attack shows police are too slow to respond to emergencies and underscores the need for people to protect themselves.
OK, gym rats, time to strap on a piece during your workout in case another madman enters; Thompson will sell you a weapon. Mightn't hurt to pack some heat, too, at the shopping mall, in a restaurant, on your evening stroll or even in church. Got to protect yourselves.
Against whom? Why, against all those other folks who bear arms. To gun people, if there's any problem with guns, the answer always is more guns. Think. Does this lead us anywhere good?