Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tucson

Jan.
9th

GUNS: Lessons from Kennesaw and Harvard

Kennesaw, Ga., is the antithesis of a gun-free zone (a target-rich environment). A 1982 ordinance required all households to own and maintain a gun. Crime dropped dramatically. Today, Kennesaw’s violent crime rate is only 15 percent of the national crime rate (cityrating.com) and 12 percent of Tacoma’s. Kennesaw has been murder-free for decades.

The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy studied the issue worldwide. It found that gun ownership has an inverse relationship to crime. Luxembourg, where guns are banned, has a murder rate 10 times that of Germany, where the are 30,000 guns per 100,000 population.

In the

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Jan.
11th

SHOOTING: Wrong to blame other party

I don’t think I have ever heard such instantaneous vitriolic comments from supposedly intelligent humans, that I’ve heard since the Tucson shootings. Are the people whom we elect to a variety of positions so ignorant and lacking confidence that they are going to blame incidents such as this on the opposite political party?

It’s time to get a filter after elections, get back to some form of civilized behavior. No one person can be such a threat to humanity that they have to be blamed for everything that goes wrong in this country.

We, as a country, cannot afford to

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