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GUNS: NRA leader makes ignorant statement

Letter by John F. Underhill, Tacoma on Dec. 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | No Comments »
December 24, 2012 1:33 pm

Is Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, naive or does he think we’re all stupid when he says, “The only thing stopping a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”?

There are two sides to every coin. Has he ever heard of a police officer (the “good guy with a gun”) being killed by a “bad guy with a gun”?

Which police officers do you think are going to be assigned to the elementary schools in your town? Not the young, energetic officers, who are needed out on the streets to protect the city, but the older, less fit officers who are counting the days until they can retire.

Probably only a small fraction of all the officers in the U.S. will ever encounter a problem like we had in Newtown, Conn., so they will probably become a little complacent doing this boring job. Also, they will most likely be armed with only an automatic handgun in a holster on their hip and probably not a semi-automatic rifle.

So now the bad guy shows up and he’s packing a legally bought semiautomatic rifle and two 9mm handguns. He finds his way into the building and who do you think he is going to hunt down first? The police officer, of course. Now he’s free to go on a rampage until the SWAT team shows up and he kills himself.

And the beat goes on.

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