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Don't blame inanimate objects for individuals' actions

Published: August 3, 2012

In the aftermath of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., I read letters to editors and heard pundits calling for banning certain types of firearms or accessories. These opinions are well-intentioned but misguided. A medical technician was recently caught intentionally infecting hospital patients with Hepatitis C. The technician was working for a temp agency and had traveled to many hospitals across more than 10 states (not Oklahoma) over a period of time. Where is the outrage from those of you who want to ban firearms? Where's the call to ban anything to do with how this man accomplished his goal, for the people infected will suffer an agonizing illness, and more people may die from this than in Aurora. What am I to make of your silence?

As I said, I believe those calling for bans are well-intentioned but lack a broad view of the actions of the individuals involved. When will everyone call for individual responsibility rather than blame an inanimate object?

Jim Wilhite, Sulphur