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Revisiting the GUN VIOLENCE term


NOTE: This is a re-publication of my previous post, due to a technical error on my part.


The August 10 edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel contains the syndicated column of Terry Mattingly entitled, Protecting the flock from gun violence.

Mattingly's column is pretty good on substance, but his headline choice led me to send him this note:


In regards to your Protecting the flock from gun violence column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel this week, please don't fall into the trap of using emotional animosity toward an inanimate object. There is no such thing as gun violence. Your use of the term transfers the evil actions of persons to the weapons they use.

A better term would be criminal violence.

The fact of the matter is, most guns were not used in any criminal act today, this week, or this year. To the contrary, many were used to defend against criminal acts.

If you wish to be viewed as a fair, accurate, and honest columnist, please use accurate terms, not politically correct terms, in your reporting.

I agree, criminal assaults in our churches are a problem, and our churches need to be prepared to deal with them. Let's just not blame the instrument any more than we blame the car that a person used recently to purposefully run over people.


Liston Matthews
Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner

As I wrote in a recent column, a lie left unchallenged becomes the truth.


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