I'm responding to Prof. Wadman's guest commentary of March 20, "The triumph of evil." He made points in his commentary that I challenge:
* More than 30,000 citizens are killed by gun violence in each year.
* The status of good men, and thus the status of good government is measured by the degree to which we succeed in elevating reason over self-benefit or emotion.
First, is the statistic that more than 30,000 citizens are killed by gun violence each year. This is fact but true only if you include suicides, homicides, and accidental gun deaths. In 2010 the homicides were: 11,000. For that year, suicides were equal or over that of homicides and the accidental deaths by guns made up the rest--over 30,000 deaths.
Why did the professor use the stats in a manner as to paint a greater number of murders by guns? What was his motive? What was the degree to which he succeeded self-benefit as to emotion? It depends upon his true belief as to the Second Amendment.
Prof. Wadman made an issue that "we must unite in common effort for the common good" as quoted by Jefferson. What is the common effort? Protecting the 2nd Amendment or is it "gun control" for the Liberal agenda?
He also stated, "Don't let clever arguments that can put our ethics to sleep weave their way into your heart. He did use clever arguments for gun control----to this I agree.