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GUNS: Criminals ignore gun restrictions

Letter by Carl J. Olsen, Puyallup on July 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | 24 Comments »
July 27, 2012 12:44 pm

It has been interesting to see all the anti-Second Amendment rights people call for more gun control since the Colorado shootings. If you look at locations like New York; Washington, D.C.; and other places with very stiff gun laws, you find that gun violence runs rampant. It seems the stiffer the gun laws, the greater the gun violence.

Why? Because criminals ignore gun laws just like they ignore other laws established to protect society. Responsible citizens disarm themselves to comply with the law, leaving the guns in the hands of criminals. It is much safer to commit gun crimes when you know there will be no resistance.

No matter how well-intentioned, there will never be a law written that could have prevented an insane massacre like that in Colorado. However, had there been a few responsible citizens, trained and carrying legal hand guns inside that theater, many lives could have been saved.

Police protection was a full five minutes away, even though the station was just down the street. Trained and armed citizen protection was less than five seconds away. Maybe it is time to wake up and see that our founding fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Second Amendment.

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