People are cause of gun violence

Ann Hunt in a letter to the editor suggested an answer to the gun deaths in Chicago. She put the blame solely on the Republican Congress which has bowed to the will of the NRA and the Republican-led General Assembly.

Her answer appears overly simplistic to me. She ignores the fact that the Democrats controlled the Congress for 6 of 8 years of Obama's presidency. Why wasn't gun legislation passed then?

It seems her answer lies in more legislation, when the real cause are the people who resort to use a gun to get their way, and the revolving door of our criminal justice system. Disarming the people who protect themselves from these hoodlums only opens the floodgates.

To use an oft-used phrase, if making guns illegal will stop gun violence, let us also make heroin and cocaine illegal.

Stephen T. White

Williamsburg

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