by Thomas Neviaser
Re: the editorial “Inflaming a culture war,” May 7:
I believe it is your paper that is fanning this flame. Gun violence in America has fallen dramatically over the past two decades, and the number of murders committed with a firearm is down too, according to a new report from the U.S. Justice Department.
As for where crime guns came from, the study notes that fewer than 2 percent of convicted inmates reported buying their weapons at gun shows or flea markets. Thirty-seven percent said the guns came from a family member or a friend. About 40 percent said the weapons were stolen or obtained from an illegal source. The rest say the guns were bought at a retail store or pawn shop.
Neviaser is a retired physician and a freelance columnist for the Culpeper Star Exponent. He lives in Rixeyville.