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Is gun violence an epidemic?

March 26, 2014

About a year ago I was listening to an emergency medical services podcast from Albany Medical Center, as I normally have done in the past. I was shocked to find out that the speaker was a lawyer rather than a resident MD as the teacher, and this lawyer arrogantly brought forth the case that guns kill and gun violence is an epidemic. While I agreed that guns can be dangerous I also agree that a kitchen knife can be dangerous, and even a screw gun can be dangerous if used incorrectly, unsafely or in the hands of someone inexperienced, or if in the hands of someone who is angry, a criminal or psychotic.

I write this to warn us fellow U.S. citizens that a backdoor approach is going to be used to take away your right to protect yourself, your family, your freedoms and your material goods. The president wants to use the surgeon general’s office in this manner. Please, I desperately warn you this is much deeper than just the right to bear arms. Our president and various other government officials think they know what is best for us as individuals and as a society, and they will remove your God-given right to free speech and freedom of religion as soon as the guns are gone. Please turn off your TV, read a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and open your Holy Bible and start reading the New Testament. These times that we are in are prophesied about. God bless America—one nation under God. In God we trust.

John Pasquale
Livingston Manor, NY