Running scared

To the Editor:

I am scared and angry. To gun owners, I want to say, you are right, guns are not responsible for the killings of thousands of people. Killers are.

But gun owners bear a large part of the responsibility. That includes those of you with an enthusiasm for guns; those with an indifference to the loss of lives; those who lack empathy for the grieving families.

“Stuff happens,” said Jeb Bush.

Responsibility also is on the shoulders of those resistant to regulations, those gullible to NRA advertisements and to the cajoleries of politicians.

We should stop blaming the mentally ill. The vast majority of them (about four millions in our country) are suffering and peaceful citizens. We should stop accusing the angry, the loners, the depressed and millions more who suffer and never hurt anyone.

Enthusiasm for guns and indifference for the pain of others are shared and eagerly adopted by killers.

For the rest of us – two third of Americans do not own guns – we are scared, or we should be, for us and for our children.

Robert Gossart

Bar Harbor

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