Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

April 21, 2014

Editorial a disappointment

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Locally written editorials in our hometown paper have taken a strange turn of late. The usual carefully-thought-out opinion pieces on issues facing our city and county have been supplemented by ill-thought-out, even illogical, editorials on national and international issues.

In the April 14 issue, there was an editorial beginning, “Washington’s crusade against guns was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday.” Crude wording in the first sentence. “Washington” is apparently supposed to mean the federal government is against guns, a statement the writer does not attempt to substantiate, nor could he, since it is an abstraction.

A more accurate statement would be that many American people, as established by polls, want something to be done about gun violence in this country. To call those who feel this way the “ban guns crowd” is more crude, imprecise language.

Somehow, the terrible stabbing of 20 high school kids by a mentally disturbed sophomore at a Pennsylvania high school set off this diatribe. I, for one, am thankful no one was killed. That might not be true if the student had had a gun.

The problem of violence in this country should not be discussed in crude either-or terms. To be sure, mental illness is a serious problem contributing to violence. Like many people, I would urge our legislators to try to come to grips with a country awash with easily obtained guns AND with serious mental health issues.

Bob McQuitty


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