To the Editor:
Edward James Logue, my great-grand uncle, was shot and killed in the Spanish American War, along with 236 other soldiers who died in battle; another 3,000 lost their lives to malaria. Bullets were a minor problem during the Spanish American War.
In 1947, the United States successfully set out to eradicate malaria using DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
In 1972, determining that DDT was causing cancer, the United States banned its use in agriculture. In 1982, when a lunatic put cyanide in Tylenol killing seven people in Chicago, the packaging laws were altered permanently.
Recently, a citizen was shot and killed in Ferguson. It makes me wonder, why do we act so swiftly to a loss of life by cyanide, mosquitoes or DDT, and willingly ban or outlaw the cause, yet when bullets kill we do nothing?
The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms.
The Old Testament, in Ecclesiastes, states “There is a time to kill and a time to heal.”
The Center for Disease Control calculates firearm homicides in the U.S. at 11,068; over three times the number killed by malaria during the Spanish American War; 1,581 times the number killed by cyanide laced Tylenol in Chicago; and equivalent to 30 deaths by firearms every day. Some of those deaths are caused by cops, some are caused by robbers, and most tragically some are caused by children.
There is not a warning on bullets saying that the Surgeon General has determined they may be hazardous to your health. Bullets are easier to open than a box of Tylenol, and have no childproof lock. In your opinion, is that rational?