Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Guns Are Not the Problem in Our Nation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Guns Are Not the Problem in Our Nation

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Regarding the Aug. 29 editorial "Shoot 'Em Up, USA": Once again, the Post-Gazette sadly misses the point. In choosing to highlight the murderous actions of a disturbed maniac in the Roanoke, Va., area last week, an individual who from his various actions and screeds should obviously have been in a mental facility, the PG should be all the more aware that guns are not really the problem in this country.

You could place a loaded firearm on a table, and it would sit there for all eternity without harming a soul. Only when someone with a deranged mind and/or criminal intent decides to pick it up and commit violent acts with it does mayhem ensue.

The real issue is how we deal with mental illness and unchecked rage in the USA of the 21st century. We do not need more gun laws that only infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens; there are enough gun laws on the books already. What we need is a better, more insightful way to deal with mental illness in this country and improved means of keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

MATTHEW BURK

Marshall

People with guns

If you think carrying your own gun will protect you, look to those who are most heavily armed all the time: policemen. They are being murdered right and left in spite of their firepower and training.

Remember the old adage: Guns don't murder people. People don't murder people. People with guns murder people.

J. MURPHY

Pleasant Hills

A terrible deal

I'm responding to the Aug. 20 letter from Edith Bell ("The Iran Deal Will Help to Prevent Another War").

First, she says a majority of Americans want the Iran deal approved. Yet, on the same day her letter was published, CNN released a poll showing that 56 percent of Americans believe Congress should reject the deal. It took me only a couple of minutes to find numerous other polls showing the disapproval of the American public.

Second, she mentions the disposal of enriched uranium and International Atomic Energy Agency inspections ensuring the disposal. Despite the fact that Iran has never hesitated to deceive the IAEA, the deal gives Iran up to 24 days before undeclared but suspected nuclear sites are inspected. …

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