On March 29, 2013, I emailed a letter to Mailbox regarding the Brown-Bradshaw tragedy. Later, I rescinded the letter before it was published, feeling that the matter was behind us and should be forgotten. Apparently, it wasn’t forgotten. Witness the front-page headline in Friday’s Daily News of April 26: “Fatal Shooting of Brandon Bradshaw.” (A similar story by Kevin Willis was posted on the WKYU-FM website April 27.)
In view of this, I feel fully justified in re-submitting my previous letter. It follows in substantially its original form:
Both Brown and Bradshaw were acting like children, and it wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t both had guns. No mature adult would be so enraged at being cut off by another car, beaten in a race or tailgated that he would resort to gunplay. He might be angry or upset, but he would settle the problem by either walking away or talking intelligently to the other person. The gun advocates defend their position by arguing that gun control laws infringe on the pleasures of hunters and shooters, grown people. Are their pleasures more important than the lives of children, who most especially have a right to life? This is something that anti-abortionists – real right-to-lifers – ought to consider. If they did, they might find themselves more eager for gun control legislation.
Has Bowling Green become Dodge City? Apparently. Just carry your pistol on your hip and call out anyone you want to and shoot ‘em.
Sane, mature human beings are required to end this terrible, senseless tragedy. Where are the sane, mature human beings?