Letters: Readers on guns, wildlife preservation
Robust gun laws could reduce death
In “Anti-gun agenda won't stop shootings” (March 27), Nolan Finley regurgitates the standard conservative response to any suggestion of gun regulation: Violence in entertainment, divorce, and of course, mental illness, are the real culprits. He neglects to mention that our peer nations have all of these — some at higher rates — but have 25 times less gun violence than the U.S. To blame societal ills (but offer no remedy) is to accept 96 American gun deaths per day as inevitable. No other developed nation has accepted this inevitability, nor should we.
Finley insists laws will not reduce gun violence. The research indicates the opposite: States and countries with robust gun laws have fewer gun deaths.
When MADD fought for and effected tougher laws in the 1980s, drunk driving deaths were cut in half.. They did this by banning neither cars nor alcohol; no rights were lost. Common sense restrictions were put in place. The same can be done with gun laws. We owe it to our children — being shot to death at school on average once a month — to at least try.
Fossil fuels destroy wildlife
Leon Drolet’s recent column (“Oil, natural gas fuel wildlife recovery,” March 23) is chock full of industry led misinformation. Experts have recently pointed out that plants and animals have declined by more than 50 percent worldwide and conservation biologists predict even greater future losses from human causes.
Contrary to Drolet’s claim, Michigan’s wolf population has not “grown by 25 percent” in the past two years. In 2014, our state’s wolves numbered about 636 and in 2016, the Michigan DNR counted 618. And the sighting of one cougar in Michigan does not signal wildcat recovery. He was likely a lone male and unless females show up, kittens will not miraculously appear. No one, not even the Michigan DNR, knows how many coyotes exist in the state, and Michigan black bears, killed at an appallingly high rate by trophy hunters and hounders for fun and bearskin rugs, is cause for concern, not celebration.
Oil and gas production does not “fuel wildlife recovery”—in fact, because it requires roads, drill pads, drilling, and lots of workers, it disturbs and harms wildlife and their ecosystems.
Hickory Corners, Michigan