Letter: Gun violence commentary

Gun Rights
By Diane Crawford

Updated: 1 day ago Published: 1 day ago

I have read and reread Elise Patkotak’s commentary of July 18 about gun violence in America. It all rings so true. These are the lines that especially caught my attention: After each mass shooting “come the politicians to offer prayers and sympathy … and then come the statements from NRA-owned politicians about how this is not about guns but about mental health. And then comes … nothing.”  “Mental health is not the issue. Hate is the issue. … Who ever thought the day would come when protecting hate and violence would become a congressional priority … when deciding to go grocery shopping was a life-or-death decision?”

She strongly advised readers to take a close look at who you vote for in November. Who can you trust to do the right thing? These are bits of her commentary, and there is much more. Read it if you haven’t. Ms. Patkotak said it all very well.

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— Diane Crawford

Anchorage

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