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Anti-gun response

To the Editor:

This is to Rudolph Magnani, who wrote in the Dec. 29 “It’s Your Write” column, “Unholy gun connection.”

First, let’s start with Chicago, which has the strictest gun control laws in the country. That didn’t stop the 500 murders in 2012. Now that’s interesting.

Second point is that there are, right now, 20,000 gun laws on the books, and now you think there should be more? What, 20,000 is not enough? Yeah right!

Third, the FBI estimates there are more than 200 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. That’s a lot, but every anti-gunner still wants to focus on the extreme tragedies committed by a bunch of loonies.

Mr. Magnani should go and buy the NRA book about armed citizens and read for himself just how many times a regular citizen’s life has been saved because they had a gun for protection, all while waiting for police.

And to end this, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, out of 12,998 people killed by drunken drivers in 2007, 311 of them were children under the age of 16. Why doesn’t Mr. Magnani protest drunken driving/drivers, some of whom are on their third, fourth or even fifth DUI. Drunks are killing more children than the guns people are worried about. Complain about drunks and not the law-abiding, gun-owning citizens. Leave us alone.

James E. Mertz



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