Letter: Jeff Mach, Leesburg

Editor:   In her Oct. 18 letter, Mrs. Berish explains to the rest of us uneducated folks that the man who had his handgun stolen in Hamilton while attempting to sell it on the evening of Oct. 9 should not consider himself a victim, notwithstanding the fact this is how the Sheriff’s Office qualified him.

Just this summer, people like Mrs. Berish blamed the Ashburn residents who had their two vehicles and a firearm stolen after they left their garage door opened for not securing their property more appropriately.

Come to think of it, about 20 years ago people like Mrs. Berish blamed my father for having his car stolen after leaving it unattended for 5 minutes with the keys in the ignition in his driveway.

Until fairly recently, people like Mrs. Berish blamed rape victims for the way they dressed or the place and time they found themselves at. Thankfully, after much education this disgusting practice is almost a thing of the past.

It is disheartening to see there are still people like Mrs. Berish out there that routinely practice victim shaming and claim that for some crimes, that usually involve situations they are unfamiliar with and, good for them, would not place themselves into, the rule of law should not apply.

What then? That man should not be a victim and therefore there was no crime? Or should he himself be considered a criminal?

Mrs. Berish, we already have good generic regulations. Theft is already a crime. Cars are stolen from people attempting to sell them on a routine basis in this country and are then used for nefarious purposes. You would not think of shaming these car owners, so why do you shame this gun owner?

Your conclusion is that we need fewer guns on the streets. Explain to us why there should be less guns on the streets of our district but not less cars or more driving regulations, even though irresponsible drivers injure and kill a lot more people than irresponsible gun owners in our community?

The LCSO daily incident reports are filled with accidents, DUIs and reports of stolen vehicles, but people like Mrs. Berish would rather focus on guns regardless of what the numbers say.

It is not hard to understand why. People like Mrs. Berish would not want their driving privileges reduced or taken away because of a few bad apples, no matter that fewer cars on the streets of our district would mean less vehicular injuries and deaths, grief and hardship.

They are only interested in taking the rights of their fellow citizens away when it doesn’t affect them.

Jeff Mach, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Jeff Mach, Leesburg

  • 2018-10-29 at 5:48 pm
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    Perhaps some day a kind soul will explain and help you understand the difference between a gun and a car.

  • 2018-10-30 at 10:52 am
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    Here’s your chance AFF… Explain away. While you’re at it, please explain why we should victim shame some people, but not others.

  • 2018-10-30 at 11:01 am
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    Dear AFF,

    If you are referring to the preposterous claim that they should be treated differently because they are different tools, do me a favor and elaborate your reasonning in a letter to the editor. I will gladly answer in kind.

    I have read and heard the argument time and time again by gun control advocates that guns should receive more attention that motor vehicles despite the fact they both result in a similar number of deaths nationwide. It is a complete fallacy.

    I look forward to reading your letter.

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