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Letter: Banning guns would be like putting a Band-aid on a heart attack

In the March 3rd Forum, Jim Shaw interviewed Michael, who moved here from Canada in 1997, Martin, who moved to the U.S. from Australia in 2013, and Yulki, who moved here from Japan in 2003.

The four of them agreed that if we get rid of guns there will be no more mass killings.

I can understand why Martin, Michael and Yulki feel this way because they weren't in the U.S. on April 19, 1995, or on Sept. 11, 2001.

But does Jim Shaw forget April 19, 1995, when Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people, 19 of which were toddlers in a day care center, and injured over 680 at the federal building in Oklahoma City?

There was no AR-15 or any other gun involved. Not a shot was fired. The weapon used was fertilizer and fuel oil.

Does Jim also forget Sept. 11, 2001? That's the day over 2,000 innocent people were killed and thousands were injured. There was no AR-15 or other gun used. Not a shot was fired. The weapons used were box cutters taped to plastic handles with duct tape.

In the Boston Marathon, a pressure cooker was used. Not a shot fired.

So, Jim, what you are saying is we have to get rid of guns, fertilizer, fuel oil, box cutters, duct tape, pressure cookers, etc., to stop these mass killings. Sounds silly, doesn't it?

Everybody in America knows what the real problem is. Just getting rid of guns would be like putting a Band-Aid on a heart attack.

Roggenkamp lives in Fergus Falls, Minn.