Dr. Jane  Orient (http://www.huntingtonnews.net/907, Jan. 18, 2011) could have done a lot more good with her article than framing the Tucson assault  on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and others on January 8.  I was a only a few blocks away from the event but have much longer history in the city which, except for the foolish gun laws, is a wonderful place and my residence from 1994 until around 2005.

For those who do not know, one needs ID and minimum age proof to buy cigarettes and alcohol in Tucson but needs only to pony up the money to get a gun with bullets easily accessable at the nearest Wal-Mart store.

Reading Dr. Orient's attempt to minimize the problems of easily attainable weapons without the slightest qualificaton excetp for money, suggests her sensitivities otherwise might be in question as well.  While it was of course expected there would be a wide range of opinions on what occurred, her dismissal of the shootings as "being over quickly" is beyond logical or correct.  While the shooting that day did end abruptly, the reverberations will last for a long time and well beyond Tucson.  Dr. Orient's comments echo the dismissive statements of that well known gun authority Sarah Palin who seems to think events such as this are all individually isolated with nothing to suggest a stimulant to other events.

Reality is we have overlooked that on too many occasions, however seemingly isolated, nascent  nut cases have been motivated to action and not infrequently have attributed their actions and reactions to such events.

If Dr. Orient wants to  promote some sound public opinion in society, she would do well to use her advanced medical knowledge  to show what can happen when people can buy guns and bullets a lot faster than they can prove their qualifications to smoke and drink. Respectfully,

Joseph J. Honick President
GMA International Ltd
9549 Olympus Beach Rd NE Bainbridge Island, WA