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Here Is David Berkowitz’s Unnecessary Contribution to the Gun-Control Debate

Police Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza. Police officials bring in handcuffed Son-of-Sam suspect David Berkowitz to side entrance of Police Headquarters. (Photo By: Al Aaronson/NY Daily News via Getty Images) Berkowitz.

Today's most disturbing gun-control debate contributor: David Berkowitz, a.k.a. Son of Sam, the serial killer who shot six people to death (and wounded seven) in New York in the late seventies. In a jail cell interview with the New York Daily News, Berkowitz — who is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences — said, "Society has to take the glory out of guns." He seemed less focused on the crimes that pushed the topic of firearms back into the news recently — the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin — and more interested in the "gangbanging teens and wanna-bes" he's encountered during his time in prison. "My hope is just that young people would understand just how terrible this violence is. When they use a gun against someone else, they ruin their lives too," he said. "It’s not worth it." Neither, perhaps, is speaking to David Berkowitz about guns, but there you have it.

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