Tom and Caren Teves, parents of Alex Teves who was killed during the Aurora, Colo. shooting share a brief moment with Jennifer Longdon, a victim of gun violence who was paralyzed when hit by random gunfire. The Teves family and Longdon were part of a group turning in over 120,000 signatures to Senator Jeff Flake's office, encouraing him to vote for stronger gun control laws.

Allison Hurtado

Another senseless act of mass violence in California (a state with some of the more restrictive gun laws in the USA) and we see the now repeated call for more gun control. A friend of mine reposted a Facebook comment from comedian John Oliver (I had no idea who John Oliver was until I researched and found out he’s now part of “The Daily Show” — go figure) that “One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in the regulation of guns.”

I beg to differ on the “no change” comment, but that’s not the point being made. I believe the point of the comparison was to illustrate the absurdity of inaction on gun control and the obvious absurd action on shoe bombings. Interesting comparison. But I think the focus of the absurdity should be directed at the first sentence not the second sentence. And the point that should be made is “Maybe it’s not a gun problem like it’s not a shoe problem.” I’m just saying.

Scott Lanham

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