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Letter: More guns does not mean less crime

Posted: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

In his July 29 column, Brian Baker writes, “If more people were legally able to arm themselves, there’d be fewer of us taking knives to a gun fight. And as the statistics have shown, more guns equal less crime. An armed society is a polite society.”

Since when have more guns equaled less crime? Tell me, if everyone in that theater in Aurora, Colorado, had been carrying a gun, do you think the crime would have been any different?

The suspect had a gun that could fire 500 rounds in a minute. Do you think your handgun would have been important?

“An armed society is a polite society.” He has to be thinking of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. When I think about it, I never met a service man who was not polite.

Should we make all our high school graduates go into military training for at least one year? I’ll bet that would go over big!

At least for now, I think the best bet is to let the military keep their assault weapons and keep them out of the hands of civilians, who have enough to do managing their pet revolvers and skeet guns.

Did you know that one of our local Olympic contestants got a gold medal for her skeet shooting? That is a good sport; we can not fault guns for something like that.

I do find Baker’s comparison of the Second Amendment with the First Amendment rather amusing. You may be able to pass a law concerning the use of guns, but no way are you going to get people to shut up!

I am 94 and I have never owned a gun. I have never felt the need for one. What good is it? The aggressor always has the advantage. Put your faith in God and you won’t need a gun.


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