To reduce violence, solve issues with people not guns
December 4, 2015
OPINION by OTIS PAGE
While President Barack Obama cites Climate Change as our nation’s greatest threat, he rationalizes the San Bernardino massacre as a gun issue initially discounting the terrorist implications.
His insistent conclusion that the guns are the problem should be placed in this context: Guns are involved in approximately 10,000 deaths a year. Contrasted with this, automobile accidents are involved in approximately 30,000 deaths a year.
Given, as Obama states, guns are responsible for the deaths then it follows automobiles are also responsible for the deaths.
This is not an equivocation of the facts. The comparison places the matter in context.
Therefore, following Obama’s rationale, it is not the people using the guns, or the people driving the automobiles that are responsible, it’s the guns and the autos.
So, one must get rid of or reduce the guns and the automobiles to decrease the number of deaths.
The fallacy here in Obama’s thinking is as follows: It is the people using the guns and automobiles that cause the deaths.
To truly and realistically reduce death incidents means solving the people problem using the guns and automobiles if there is to be a true reduction of deaths.
Guns are not the issue. Obama is wrong. People using guns is the issue!
Otis Page is a resident of Arroyo Grande. He is not a member of the NRA and he does not own a gun. However, he does drive a car.