In response to David Hoppe’s column this week headlined “Video Games or Guns” (Dec. 20-27), I recently moved here from Seattle, a city of comparable size, with gun laws very similar to Indiana’s (if I were still a resident of Seattle, my Washington concealed carry permit would be honored in Indiana). Seattle’s residents manage to kill each other about one-fourth as often as Indianapolis’ do. I suggest that the availability of firearms is not the most significant factor in this city’s homicides. It probably ranks alongside the availability of gasoline as a causative factor in arsons.
Look to solve your (and now my) city’s problems in some way other than by demonizing guns and gun owners. And the next time some thug starts shooting up the city block or mall that you at visiting, be thankful for the guy in the next car or an adjacent store, with his legally-carried handgun, who is willing to put himself in harm’s way to protect you. A lot of people can be shot while you are waiting for 9-1-1 to respond; one armed citizen on the scene can curtail such mayhem significantly.
Joseph E. Boling