In his well-written column on contrasting gun cultures, Gerry Boyle, either intentionally or unintentionally, drives home the point that guns are not the problem in America (“A cultural divide on guns,” July 16). The real problem is how they are used by either good or evil people. As long as our government officials and left-wing media focus on the tool rather than the craftsman using it, rampant violence will not be reduced.

Boyle noted that a gun is a status symbol for a gang member. That is because most gang members carry knives instead, and use them to both kill and seriously wound opponents. Knives are also frequently used in domestic violence assaults. Where is the cry from Michael Bloomberg’s gang to outlaw knives?

The plane hijackers who perpetrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had no guns, but used box cutters. The recent terrorist in Nice, France, used a truck to kill and wound more people than any American mass shooter. So when will we start requiring every purchaser of a truck to pass a federal background check?

Wake up America. Guns are not the problem. Morally bankrupt and sinful people are. The cure is not yet more infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, but a return to the moral and spiritual values the nation as a whole once held.

Roger Sproul

Augusta