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Letter - Restrictive gun laws equal high crime rate

To the editor: The anti-gunners are at it again with their scare tactics: "Unless we have more gun laws we will have more gun crimes, murder and mayhem." Laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. When a law prohibiting the possession of guns is ...

To the editor:

The anti-gunners are at it again with their scare tactics: "Unless we have more gun laws we will have more gun crimes, murder and mayhem." Laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. When a law prohibiting the possession of guns is passed, it leaves the honest citizen at the mercy of the criminal. If you doubt this, check the official records of the FBI or whatever. The places that have the more restrictive gun laws have the highest crime rates. Washington, D.C. is a sad example.

A glaring example of how wrong they can be is when the Minnesota permit-to-carry-a-gun law was proposed, the anti-gunners screamed we would have a return to the Old West shootouts or worse. It has not happened. Another thing they said we would have are hundreds of thousands of people with permits. The last I heard was the 2007 statistics of about 9,000 permits total were granted in all of Minnesota.

When they come up using seven highly-publicized school shooting incidents, none of the eight young people who perpetrated those atrocities had authorized access to the guns. All eight of them surrendered when faced with forcible resistance. In two of the cases, it was a private citizen armed with a gun who intervened and stopped the killing. In at least two of the cases, the individual who overpowered the killer was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Now the thing we have to watch out for in this high-tech era is the indirect attack on guns through such things as tagging powders, marking individual bullets, etc. - things that would mean prices would be prohibitive. That, along with high taxes on ammunition and components. If they cannot get at your guns one way, they will try another.

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Jerry Jensen

Alexandria, MN

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