Editor: I’m surprised and disappointed that Loudoun Now would waste the entire letters page of the Aug. 29 print edition on MB Crenshaw’s letter reiterating the flawed logic of his previous missive.
First, he accuses those that responded to his first letter of changing the subject from White Supremacist shootings to gun control – sorry, but the first sentence of said letter complains of Democrats “hollering about gun control.” Remember your education – your topic sentence usually comes first.
After several ad hominem attacks, he repeats his claim that urban Democratic leaders are somehow responsible for gun violence in their districts. The logical extension of this fallacy is that Donald Trump is responsible for all gun violence in the USA because he is the leader of the country. The reality is that attempts by Democrats to reduce gun violence are quashed by Republicans and their NRA piggy bank, through the court system and by the Senate Majority leader who refuses to let any gun-related bills be brought to the Senate floor.
Crenshaw dismisses White Supremacist shootings as “statistically insignificant” by comparing it to other gun homicides. While I doubt the families of the murdered find solace in his argument, there is no doubt that rising White Supremacist violence is a problem – look at the subsequent arrests of White Supremacists in Nevada (8/8), Florida (8/11), and New Jersey (8/20).
Finally, he really changes the subject by bringing up motor vehicle deaths. No one is claiming that White Supremacists or gun violence are the only way people are killed. The fact that people die other ways does not reduce the severity of the problem. We can focus on more than one problem at a time.
And to everyone waving the Second Amendment flag, I ask how they would feel about a next-door neighbor building a home-made nuclear bomb—which is just as much an arm as an AK-47.
Gary Kowalski, Leesburg