This is in response to Rick Godfrey’s As I See It missive in defense of Sen. Michael Hough after Hough was taken to task by Moms Demand Action (MDA). Mr. Godfrey takes to task MDA and other gun control groups not mentioning that 66 percent of annual firearm deaths “are suicides! Yes, people killing themselves, not killed by others.” A fatal gunshot is a violent act whether it is done to oneself or another, and suicides do not need an asterisk. Further, in some ways, a suicide can be even more emotionally impactful on its survivors and is another example of the necessity of screening for mental health issues before gun purchases. I respectfully read Mr. Godfrey’s piece and ask that he be equally respectful of categorizing gun violence.
Teresa Soltis Schwab