Letter to the Editor

My sheriff, not my views

San Luis ObispoMarch 4, 2013 

Ian Parkinson is my sheriff but he does not speak for me when he opposes gun control. He argues that the problem does not lie with the overpreponderance of guns in our society but rather with the untreated problem of the mentally ill.

Though I fully agree society has not fulfilled its obligation in the latter case, I am almost certain that teenagers with too much time at their disposal and an oversupply of guns and testosterone engaging in gang killings are not mentally ill. I am convinced that accidental killings committed by minors are not committed by the mentally ill and I am convinced that momentary fits of rage on the part of those who possess and use guns against their loved ones are not acts committed by the permanently mentally ill but rather by those who need classes in “anger management.”

Go ahead, Ian, “pass the buck” and do nothing in the area of gun control … but the rest of society is “fed up” with this obscene gun fixation that presumably began with TV cowboy westerns in the ’50s and remains to this day a “sacred cow” among conservatives.

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