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By Harriet Cady, Deerfield
The statistics for deaths by guns is small in comparison to cars and so as I know of the deaths in my family by cars, I wondered why have we not had students marching to get rid of cars?
Why haven’t the lawmakers said no one gets a license to drive till age 21? Are the auto makers that strong a lobby?
My son is dead because of a drugged driver with bad judgment driving a car, so was it the car’s fault or the drivers? He was killed in Florida, but I didn’t see people marching to outlaw cars.
If the students of Parkland can blame the gun for the deaths then please someone tell me why we have not changed the age for drivers of cars or even outlawed vehicles?
In my mind the over 100,000 deaths from car accidents makes a pretty clear analogy as to why the laws to make owning guns either age controlled or illegal is just wrong thinking.
Perhaps it’s time we hold agencies who are supposed to assure people like the young man involved in the shooting accountable to their professions of serving the public for the millions we spend to get help for the mentally ill.
Harriet E. Cady