Tuesday letters: Bullets do not fall from trees

09/02/2014 12:00 AM

08/29/2014 6:21 PM

I take exception to the phrase “paralyzed by a stray bullet” in the article about Martha Childress’ gallant struggle to reclaim her future as she returns to the USC campus (“I’m getting back to life,” Aug. 17).

This was not an accident. Bullets do not fall out of trees. They do not escape from fenced yards when a gate is left open. They do not wander off from shooting ranges or sporting goods stores. Ms. Childress was struck by a bullet that was fired by a person who intended to injure or kill someone. The deficiency in his aim does not change the fact that Ms. Childress is yet another shooting victim and that rampant gun violence is destroying young lives all over this country.

The problem is not the bullets. It is the people pulling the triggers and the spineless politicians who refuse to restrict them or to limit the glut of deadly weapons flooding our communities.

Miriam Johnson

Columbia

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