“It is unseemly for the Portland Press Herald to run an op-ed piece by Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association’s hatchet man for gun rights, seeking to pass the blame for recent and continuing tragic gun deaths on to the underfunded mental health programs of the state and nation (“Commentary: Exploiting tragedy to demand more gun control impedes real solutions,” Sept. 15).” That’s the opinion of one Bruce L. Rockwood [above], professor emeritus of legal studies at Bloomberg (PA) University. Sorry, Bloomsburg. Not Bloomberg. Same diff. Rockwood shares media mogul and anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg’s opinion that pro-gun polemics should be prohibited. For the children! Like this . . .
From kids shooting their siblings with parents’ guns found in pocketbooks or lying around, disgruntled ex-employees shooting broadcasters on live television, to mass shootings in schools and movie theaters, it is the easy availability of weapons in our society, unlike every other democratic country, that is the cause of gun violence.
Addressing mental health service cutbacks is an important national goal, but I don’t see the NRA standing up for the Affordable Care Act or universal health care.
In fact, their primary reason for being is to fund right-wing politicians who protect gun manufacturers from tort liability for the inevitable consequence of their products, while repeatedly seeking to kill the ACA.
You might as well run an op-ed piece by a Taliban spokesman blaming terrorism on lack of mental health care in Afghanistan as run this piece.
Shame on you for giving Cox this chance to spread his disinformation.
Shame on you sir, for asking the Press Herald to censor free speech, associating the NRA with terrorists sworn to kill Americans and failing to respect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms – a right that protects your free speech. A legal studies professor? Don’t make me laugh.