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How sad is this: It took 500,000 opioid deaths before the government would do anything about it. So, I'm wondering how many gunshot deaths it will take before we decide to do something significant about gun control (I am for single shot weapons only).

I got a call from a local historian after he read my last letter to the editor about guns, thanking me and telling me to keep writing. I posed the same question to him about how many gun deaths it would take before the government would act. He said it wouldn't matter; the government would never act on gun control.

I'm not sure I agree. If I'm wrong, then we return to the Old West when most men carried a gun on their hip. One hundred years from now we will have broken up into cults to defend ourselves, the only difference being that we now have semi-automatic weapons, and maybe automatic guns by then. Or worse. We will have another form of civil war. Or we will become a kind of police state with security on every block. Or maybe a surveillance state like China with a variety of surveillance mechanisms, not just cameras. The Hegelian synthesis is beyond my imagination. I will let Stephen King work on this one.

But the gun problem may be academic. The environment is deteriorating rapidly. We seem determined to destroy ourselves and the planet.

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BOB BOWSER

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