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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Easy access to guns should be concern for Columbia

By Jean Blackwood
April 12, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

All of us are concerned about the violence that is taking the lives of young people here in Columbia. Citizens and local authorities are all working to find solutions to this tragic situation.

But nothing I have heard in the local media shows anyone trying to address a key component of the problem or even raising the question that's uppermost in my mind: Namely, why are the young people in Columbia regularly carrying guns around with them? Why is it so easy for them to get guns? If weapons are being obtained illegally, as surely many are, then what is being done to prevent that? Could part of the problem be the gun shows that regularly occur in our city?

I know this letter will generate the usual outcry that guns don't kill people, people kill people. To which I give the usual common sense answer that people with guns kill people. And when a bunch of those people are under 20 years of age, then it's time to make a priority of getting guns off the streets of Columbia.

Jean Blackwood is a Columbia resident.