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Criminals not the only people who misuse guns

Re: "Criminals will circumvent control measures," (The Hill Times, Letters to the editor, May 21, p. 9). The gun lobby's contention that gun control measures penalize only law-abiding citizens, not criminals, is patently false. Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was a law-abiding citizen before the shooting. Moreover, no one is born as a criminal. Most criminals were once law-abiding citizens. Ordinary people can and do become violent, especially when they are too depressed, too zealous or too paranoid and when they have access to guns, their personal failings can quickly become public tragedies. Students who committed the carnage at Columbine High School had no criminal records.

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Criminals not the only people who misuse guns

Re: "Criminals will circumvent control measures," (The Hill Times, Letters to the editor, May 21, p. 9). The gun lobby's contention that gun control measures penalize only law-abiding citizens, not criminals, is patently false. Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was a law-abiding citizen before the shooting. Moreover, no one is born as a criminal. Most criminals were once law-abiding citizens. Ordinary people can and do become violent, especially when they are too depressed, too zealous or too paranoid and when they have access to guns, their personal failings can quickly become public tragedies. Students who committed the carnage at Columbine High School had no criminal records.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE