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Societal decay causes violence, not guns

September 12, 2015 8:00 am

I'm responding to the letter by Richard A. Damon in last Sunday's Billing Gazette. He's right about the violence in our country being a learned behavior, generational and endemic. But he draws wrong conclusions from these facts as he blames a symptom (guns) instead of the source (societal decay).

Just look at Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and the other large metropolitan centers and what they have in common. For the most part, they're run by Democrat politicians, have the most restrictive gun laws, gang violence, drugs and police forces under siege. Add to that the joblessness, high taxes, worthless public schools, businesses fleeing and what do you expect. And don't forget the broken family structures with high single parent births caused by the "Great Society" programs of the 1960s.

The one organization trying to help these people trapped in this situation is the NRA. The National Rifle Association sued the city of Chicago because the citizens were finding it almost impossible to have a firearm to protect themselves. This after the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right.

We need to change the mental health structure in this country so the "crazies" can be committed as they once were. Adding to all of this is the illegal alien invasion with the criminal element being free to commit crimes, not be deported, while drawing social services at the taxpayers' expense. And finally, we've got a news media, along with our politicians that are so "PC" challenged that the only person on the national stage who is not afraid to say what he thinks is Donald Trump. Why do you think he's doing so well in the polls?

Could it be that he's saying what most people are thinking?

We better wake up soon or we'll be just another Third World country.

Patrick Prescott


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