Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 10, 2013

Let’s take a look at what may be causing problem

Before we discuss gun control, let’s look at the causes of death that we inflict upon ourselves.

Over the previous 10 years, highway traffic deaths averaged about 35,000 (Statistics from the U.S. Census). These numbers do not reflect drivers and passengers who were critically injured and spent many weeks or months in hospitals.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control for 2010 show that approximately 2,500 of these traffic deaths were teenagers.

FBI statistics for 2011 show 12,665 murders broken down as follows:

  Firearms — 8,583; knives — 1,694; hands, feet, fists — 728; blunt object (hammer, baseball bat, etc.) — 496

What these statistics show is that first of all we must not allow teenagers to drive until their 20s or beyond. But to be really safe we must eliminate automobiles completely.

Next, of course, we must ban guns, knives, hammers, baseball bats and other blunt objects. Ridiculous?

There are more gun control laws on the books than you can even imagine, but how about looking at the real cause of violence.

Can we control what we all see every day on TV? Before you tell me that violence on TV has no influence, please tell me why companies will spend $3 million or more on a 30-second Super Bowl commercial?  If you watch any amount of TV, you are constantly bombarded by commercials because consumers are affected by what they see and hear.

How about the destruction of the family as an integral part of society and along with it the loss of moral values. Right and wrong no longer exist. If it feels good do it. As a culture, we are lost to depravity.

Robert Ciszewski

Augusta, W.Va.

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