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GUNS: Misguided defense of gun control

Letter by Robert J. Patterson, Puyallup on Aug. 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm | 8 Comments »
August 29, 2012 3:03 pm

Re: “We need to stop dreaming about arming ourselves against psychopaths” (TNT, 8-30).

Yet another biased article that mixes facts about different types of guns in a misguided attempt at gun control. There is a difference between pistols, semi-automatic handguns, assault rifles, hunting rifles and shotguns, and the ammo and magazine of each.

As a person who spent many years working in the legal system, I am a strong supporter of gun ownership. However, I also support registration of weapons, vetted licensing and training of owners, restriction of high-capacity magazines and restriction of assault weapons. There is a lot of truth in the saying that bad guys are more scared about the average citizen with a gun than they are of the police.

Americans must wake up and question what is written and said by politicians, advocates, lobbyists, and extremely biased columnists and “news reporters.” We have lost our ability for critical thinking (not surprising in an education system where a sports coach or non-teaching professor gets more money than a classroom educator), compromise and common sense.

We must begin voting on issues (that we research and think on) and not popularity. Our elected officials have become loyal to their parties and could care less about the welfare of our nation and its citizens.

We must educate ourselves and remember that Congress has more to do with the course of our nation than the president does and elect or re-elect only those officials who are willing to compromise for the good of the nation, not for their self-interest or partisan politics

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