Letter: Not a gun law issue

Re: ‘Victim’s father blames government “idiots” as town mourns killings’ (Metro, May 27)

While I can’t imagine the pain and suffering of the victims’ families and friends, I have to say there is a bigger issue than gun laws. Though there is no doubt that stricter enforced gun laws would have prevented the shootings, the fact remains that at the end of the day, we live in a culture where a woman saying NO is the cause of violence and death. Whether it is because they say “no” to a prom or date invitation, violence against women is belittled and seen as a joke. And mental health issues seem to be what is being blamed for this tragedy. People with mental issues live full lives without stabbing or shooting anyone, so while I have no doubt that Elliot Rodger had issues, they aren’t to blame. Plenty of people in the world are lonely and are not having sex, and yet they don’t go on murderous rampages. This person thought he was being denied what he was entitled to, and until you curtail that thought process, the behavior and lashing out won’t stop.

Tova Weisblatt, via email



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