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Letter: Don’t blame the guns

My heart is saddened and grieved at the tragedies that have taken place in our country. I believe God also is saddened and grieved. I am not writing as someone who has not experienced gun violence in our family, because we have.

Gun control, an issue again. It hurts innocent people who respect guns and use them as they should, obeying the laws. Criminals will always have guns. If they don’t, they steal one, or make one. Forty-plus years ago a young man in Redwood Falls made a “Zip” gun and was very dangerous.

The news told about a man who 17 years ago killed his grandmother. Now his sister set his home on fire, called the fire department, and shot four of the firemen, killing two. His notes said, “All I want to do is kill people.”

I’ve never heard of a gun climbing down from a wall mount, get out of a gun cabinet or case and say, “I am going to kill some people.” Please hear me. Guns do not kill people. People kill people.

Why did God let this happen? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to answer that question. God is removed from our schools, public offices, and government buildings. Military chaplains ordered not to pray in the name of Jesus. When God is put out, the enemy enters.

In the Bible, John 10:10 says the thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. Which commandment is the issue with? Not stealing or not killing?

Let’s put God and the Bible where they belong. Get back to what our country was founded on. Don’t blame guns or the NRA, take responsibility if you are one who wants or has put God out.

I am a wife of 56 years to a hunter, trapper, and supporter of the NRA. Those who fight for gun control and against the NRA are people who want only to control others’ lives. The results and consequences of gun control are not understood by them.

Ruth Zachow

Redwood Falls