Recently Rep. Giffords and a grieving father testified about their views on gun violence. Both stated that guns must be restricted so these tragedies never happen again. And I do share their grief. But the argument is not being phrased the correct way. The subject should be, “people who use guns to commit violence”. And the real culprit is “emotion”. Hate, rage, anger, lust, pride, even love.

All these emotions are the building blocks to violence in society, which results in countless victims and grieving families. How do you control emotion? By banning guns? Guns are only a vehicle in which violence is committed, just like knives, hammers, baseball bats, so no and so on. Statistics say the guns that look like military rifles are used in only one-half of one percent of all violent crimes. So if they are banned, how much will that help? To bring victims of gun violence to testify to ban guns is also a play on your emotions. I, for one, won’t be played.

Gregory Weigle

South Williamsport

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