Each month, The Oklahoman’s editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. Joe Moore of Oklahoma City is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His letter, “Telling breakdown,” was published Jan. 12.
Meet the writer
Moore has lived in Oklahoma City his entire life, except for his Army service in the Vietnam War. He recently retired after owning and operating a small engineering services company for more than two decades. He has been a lifelong and avid sports fan and gun owner, and remains an active NRA member. He and his wife Linda have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Tyler Schwartz (Your Views, Dec. 29) wrote that 31,000 Americans are annually “gunned down” in private homes and backyards. This is a misleading distortion. Of the U.S. firearms-related deaths in 2011, the latest year for which full statistics are available from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control, 17,000 were suicides — not innocent citizens criminally gunned down. Another 9,000 involved only inter-gang and intra-gang warfare — not innocent citizens criminally gunned down.