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Charles Bickford: 'Guns, violence and drugs are both profitable and addictive.'

Choose 401 Americans and put them on a jumbo jet. Fly them around for a few hours, and then run vertically into the ground in an American community, killing all on board and terrorizing the community. Do it again tomorrow, next day, and all days thereafter. You will have duplicated the death rate of American people each day from guns and drugs.

Guns and drugs are deeply tied together in our country, and it is because guns, violence and drugs are both profitable and addictive. Most of us realize that drug addiction has been downplayed for decades by drug producers, sellers, and promoters. But the violence industry has worked hard and bought many corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials, including in our county, to sell their wares.

Violence is well-proven biologically, medically, and forensically to be addictive; its effects on the human brain are nearly identical to methamphetamine's and include release of the highly addictive bio-drug adrenaline as well as changes in dopamine; serotonin levels; and blood pressure and constituents.

Lead poisoning is not classified as addictive, but it is habit-forming, bio-accumulative, and resides in our bones for decades while adversely affecting our thinking, mental capacity, and emotions. Lead causes loss of empathy, but a pleasurable response to using or even holding guns.

Some local rural "good ol' boys" are slipping into lead-associated Alzheimer's and burdening the rest of us. Columbia County is immersed in these problems, and will continue to be if we continue to elect single-issue politicians that "get out the base" while ignoring the methods of genuine leadership.

Charles Bickford is a Deer Island resident.

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