Letters to the Editor

Williams misuses data and ridicules

Walter Williams (in “Hidden Agenda or ignorance”) says it is plain folly to focus on guns in the cases of shooting deaths. True, a multipronged approach is needed. But his solution is to change people. He offers no path forward on improving our moral standards nor does he substantiate his claim that our “ … standards of conduct have been under siege for over half a century”.

All of us are biased and look at information with a different view. Williams uses the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report to show more people are stabbed or hacked to death than killed with rifles and shotguns. But he leaves out the data that shows handguns kill many more people than rifles. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Fatal Injury Reports show that 12,979 people were murdered by all firearms in 2015 compared to the 1,573 people that Williams cites as being stabbed or hacked to death that year.

Williams’ agenda is not hidden, but clearly written to criticize people who want to look at restrictions on guns, and he is minimizing the problem. He indicates people that disagree with him are immature, unreasonable, engage in “plain folly,” and do not “ … hold people accountable for their behavior …”

In my opinion, misusing data and ridiculing people you disagree with are not worthy of a regular columnist to The Gazette and is not constructive in our nation’s efforts to find a solution to protecting our citizens.

Bruce R. Bachmann

Cedar Rapids

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