To the editor:
Removing guns is a separate goal from eliminating violence. We guard the killing of the unborn. We corrupt the born with depictions of violence in music, movies and video games. Rappers romanticize the urban ghetto and "street cred." We watch filth on primetime network TV like "Two and Half Men." We wear t-shirts with the picture of mass murderer Che Guevera, and put up ads in Times Square at Christmastime representing Jesus Christ as a myth. We embrace single motherhood. We celebrate the weakening of marriage and watch as more and more men become isolated and estranged from their children and those children act out their abandonment.
What happened in Newtown, Conn., shocked us because 20 children and six adults died in one horrifying act of violence. What about the 3,000 children that were slaughtered just yesterday? But they were not children, they were useless lumps of tissue destined for flushing. What about the 260 public school students in Chicago alone that died from shootings, stabbings and beatings from 2009-2011?
I don't believe all types of guns should be available to everyone. A sane approach needs to be taken with guns and limiting access. But let's also take up the issue of violence, and the reasons why people choose to pick up a gun, knife, punch child, or wrap their hands around another person's neck.
Let's value life at the beginning, the end, and all the times in between.