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Posted: May 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In Charlie Vignola’s column (“Sensible about gun control,” May 20) Vignola is basically making the intellectually flaccid argument that guns cause their own misuse.

He quotes the usual anti-gunners’ statistical canards, while overlooking a biggie that illustrates its falsehood: Switzerland.

In Switzerland, gun ownership is virtually universal... and in fact, mandatory. All people of military age are in the Swiss militia, if not on active duty, and REQUIRED BY LAW to keep their military weapons — including fully automatic machine guns — in their homes with an appropriate amount of ammo on hand. Once they’re too old for military service, they’re allowed to purchase and retain those weapons for their own use.

If guns are the problem, how come the streets of Geneva aren’t running ankle-deep in blood?

Further, even in this country, WHERE are the crime rates the highest? Why, in those very jurisdictions where gun restrictions are the most severe: Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, places like that.

So, I have to say, I don’t see anything “sensible” about Vignola’s column at all.


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