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Letter re CHO and VA Tech massacre

Would it surprise you to learn that a government agency actually profited from the VA Tech massacre? About a four hour drive from Blacksburg, VA to Washington DC, the US Fish and Wildlife Service received a 10% excise tax on the handguns and an 11% excise tax on the bullets that killed 32 people in Virginia.

The excise tax on firearms and ammunition funds federal and state wildlife management agencies, thus putting them into partnership with firearms manufacturers. The real job of wildlife management is to increase the sale and discharge of firearms. Excise taxes on firearms and ammunition end up in the Conservation Fund and can only be used to generate more use of these lethal products via hunting and shooting. Every year wildlife management agencies attempt to lower the hunting age, thus putting guns into the hands of younger and younger children.

Don’t you think it’s time to look at the connection between hunting and firearms use? Regardless of who dies or where, the Conservation Fund benefits. Gun crime victims and their families need to lay claim to these funds, and now.

Cho was 23 years old. He left Korea when he was 8 and lived in the US for 15 years, that’s almost twice as long as he lived in Korea. He was much more a product of US society than Korean.

Korean politicians should stop apologizing for him, but American politicians should start.

Anne Muller
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
New Paltz, NY USA

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