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GUNS: More firearms doesn’t mean more crime

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup on Feb. 28, 2012 at 11:57 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2012 5:31 pm

Re: “Child’s shooting shows need for safe gun storage law” (editorial, 2-24).

The statement, “If only the NRA had worked as hard to protect children as it is working to get its vanity license plate approved,” is completely off target. In 1988, the NRA started the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, teaching gun safety to pre-K through third-grade children. The program’s message is pretty simple: Stop. Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.

This is from the program’s website: “The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children.”

A recent letter writer (TNT, 2-26)laments that the real problem is the flood of guns. The statistics prove otherwise. Private gun ownership is at an all-time high, and the murder and violent crime numbers are at an all-time low.

According to a May 2011 article in The New York Times, headlined “Steady decline in major crime baffles experts,” “In all regions, the country appears to be safer. The odds of being murdered or robbed are now less than half of what they were in the early 1990s, when violent crime peaked in the United States.”

I know many would like to believe otherwise, but the NRA is actually dedicated to firearm safety and responsible ownership. Firearms are inanimate objects, unable to cause harm on their own. Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons with a hatchet and 10 gallons of gas. A new gun law wouldn’t have stopped him.

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