Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

So the local Zonta group all chose to wear T-shirts protesting "gun" violence. Does that mean other violence is tolerable or acceptable? Do they know that recently, more people were stabbed to death in London than shot to death in Chicago? Do they know that Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in Santa Barbara, stabbed three of them to death? Is that OK, just the "gun" deaths need to be protested? Do they know that 48% of the counties in the U.S. didn't have a murder last year, and only 2% of the counties are responsible for 52% of all the murders in the U.S.? Maybe they should take their protest to those counties! From 2011 to 2015 there were 11,500 homicides and 8,800 murders, yet the press lumps them all into one category of gun-related deaths, even though the homicides involve police shootings as well as people defending themselves, and not criminal activity!

The simple truth is, we have lost our moral compass. People no longer respect others or even themselves. States have gone to issuing CCWs because of the violence against normal citizens. As shown in London, when guns are removed from people, criminals resort to other means to enact their mayhem. Protesting against "gun" violence is just a political statement with no substance. They should be condemning violence in general and leave out the reference to "gun," which is but a small part of the problem.

Barry Branagan

Casa Grande

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