My answer to the editorial "Kankakee must find an answer to gun violence" published Aug. 28: Let's call it what it is — "gang and drug violence," not "gun violence."

When gangs and drugs are taken off the streets, a large percentage of shootings will cease. The term "gun violence" gives politicians the opportunity to make it more difficult and expensive for "law-abiding citizens" to keep their guns.

Linda Longtin

St. Anne