Blame Dr. Spock? Gun-lobby theories don’t hold water

Wow. Dr. Spock, huh? Coddling all those generations of babies has led to mass shootings? (“Don’t blame guns for mass shootings; blame Dr. Spock,” The Herald, letters to the editor, Aug. 15)

This concept made my head spin. Just for the sake of accuracy, I think it was not his son, but his grandson who committed suicide, and apparently the poor kid was schizophrenic, but never mind that, how in the heck do you connect the good doctor with mass shootings?

Even in the wild world of NRA logic this is some pretty loony rationalization. In fact, his book has sold worldwide, in countries that don’t seem to have this magnitude of mass shooting (which seems to be pretty much everywhere but here).

There are many other gun lobby theories about the causes of mass shootings which, put to that same test, do not hold water. What is different here, is ready access to guns, lame background checks, and a plethora of people who struggle mightily to avoid looking at the obvious.

Tony Smith


Editor’s note: It was indeed the 22-year-old grandson of pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock who died by suicide in 1983 and not either of his two sons, reports.

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