LETTERS: ‘Uncle Dale’ may have off-target ideas

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DAN J. SUDERMAN, PAXICO, NEB.
Dear Uncle Dale:

Hope this letter finds you well, and well out of range. I was sorry to hear that your urban center has so many hunting accidents. What is in season this time of year in Chicago?

I don’t mean to start a family feud or anything, but I read for the first time some viewpoints and perspectives (April 10 issue) that I didn’t agree with, but open and honest disagreements discussed in print is what makes families strong.

You mentioned that gunfire is a constant reality for you in Chicago-it is here, too. The opening day of pheasant season or deer season sounds like a firing range. Why is it that guns in Chicago are so much more dangerous than guns in Kansas? Maybe kids don’t have to take hunter safety courses in Chicago.

One point of contention for me was how the West was settled. It is true that city marshals took guns away from people as they entered the town, but two things were omitted from your article. First, people who were citizens of those towns continued to own guns. Second, when the cowboys left town, they got their guns back.

Maybe instead of “the disarmament of the West led to its modern tranquility” should instead read “the temporary disarmament of the West through racial, occupational and background profiling led to its modern tranquility.”

Would that be a good start in Chicago? Too politically incorrect to implement-let’s punish everyone.

Unfortunately, there were many circumstances that led to the murder of a 15-year-old kid, and not at any point was the murderer discouraged. The purchase of a weapon from an authorized dealer, a 60-day waiting period, purchasing bullets from an authorized dealer, loading the weapon, traveling to your neighborhood, aiming the weapon, then firing the weapon.

None of those things required action from the weapon until the assailant pulled the trigger. Taking the blame off of the criminal and placing it on the gun is a long, long reach.

I can sympathize with the argument of how much is too much. I don’t need an armor-piercing bullet to hunt with, or a nuclear weapon to burn pastures. To me a compromise can be worked out-at least between you and I, not the wackos in the NRA.

However, claiming that statutes that protect hunting in Marion County “produce murder and mayhem on my block” is a narrow-minded conclusion. Hatred, poverty, racial unrest, frustration, poor parenting, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, lack of education, and a litany of other issues plague Chicago and every other city in the United States.

In my opinion, that is what produces murder and mayhem on your block.

By the way, is the murder rate down in the Episcopal Church?

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