Violence isn't a health issue

03/20/2014 10:03 AM

03/20/2014 2:01 PM

Re "Gun violence is a health issue" (Page A8, March 20): The changing definitions of words continues. Health used to mean the condition of being well or free from disease. To make it plain, an injured person is not generally considered unhealthy. Ergo, gun control cannot be a health issue unless one changes the meaning of the word health.

No one refers to traffic accidents as health issues. According to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, more people die in traffic accidents than from accidental discharge of firearms, suicide by firearms and homicide by firearms combined.

There is an effective method of reducing traffic fatalities: lower the speed limit to 40 MPH. No gun control law would come close to being as effective. Which effort to save lives would you support? More important to the political process, why?

-- John Paul, Carmichael

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