I could not believe that you actually printed Alex Lornie's comments [Boxcutters must be banned!, Jan. 15 Letters, Langley Advance].
Although any act of violence towards another, especially when it ends in injury or death, is always tragic and must always be discouraged, it was Alex's reactions and suggestions that really made me shake my head.
The only thing that should perhaps be banned is this ridiculous opinion from being printed and presented in a serious manner.
If he really was concerned about tragic deaths caused by "items, objects, or instruments," he should have perhaps suggested banning vehicles or cigarettes, since surely those items kill more people per year by a factor of several hundred thousandfold.
I can only hope that most people reading that letter are aware that it is never the item, object, or instrument that does the violence or killing, it is the person. Any object can be used as a weapon; to suggest that boxcutters or knives in general should be banned is almost laughable.
We really get an idea of just how narrow-minded he is by the last three paragraphs, in which he asks other sheeple to demand that the government does something like register all box-cutters.
Wasn't the ridiculous gun registry a waste of enough millions of dollars of taxpayer's money? It prevented zero deaths, and the money could have been better spent on more important things.
He even foolishly brings up the bogus "official story" of 9/11, which proves that he is incapable of truly thinking for himself, since 9/11 was clearly an inside job.
He goes on to demand that box-cutters be under lock and key, with limits for blades and designs, etc.
My goodness. If Jean Ann James had been killed with a kitchen knife, Alex would be demanding metal safes be installed in everyone's kitchen, with all paring knives and meat cleavers "under lock and key."
Finally Mr. Lornie has the audacity to write, "All knife owners reading this should be ashamed!"
Shame on Alex, to imply that all knife owners (himself included, as I guarantee he butters his bread with one) are somehow responsible or even partly to blame for this or any act of violence. It truly shows his incompetence and arrogance.
Doug Nickason, Langley