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Another mass shooting, and who's responsible?

I am a cinema buff, and I went to the Charles Theatre recently to see a wonderful film. While there I realized that another mentally ill person decided to vent his furies in a movie theater. This time in Lafayette, La. ("La. shooter a drifter with 'hate in his heart,'" July 25). This is the USA, a country awash with more guns than people, so shootings are inevitable.

And of course, our elected officials will do nothing to end the daily gun carnage. They will pontificate that it is the fault of another "bad person." In the latest mass shooting, it should be noted that John Russell Houser, who was presumably mentally ill, bought the gun "legally" at an Alabama pawn shop.

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In order to stop the carnage, why not indict the sellers and manufacturers of the guns used in homicides? These parties are culpable for the resultant deaths and injuries.

It is inevitable, however, that another time bomb will go off in the near future, but the legislators will still do nothing to quell the gun violence. When I next go to a theater to see another movie, I hope the setting is a gun-free zone.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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