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February 25, 2013
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Letter: Responsible gun limits are needed

Responsible gun limits needed

An armed citizenry is not a “well regulated militia.”

Case #1: A troubled teen at Pitchford Boys Ranch steals a pickup and takes a friend for a ride. The pickup owner shoots the youth and reclaims his property. Justice is done. The News-Review reports this death on the second page. No further action is reported.

Case #2: A teenage boy who just finished his “hunting gun training” shows off his new skills to a sibling. The gun misfires and he dies.

Case #3: An intruder enters the bedroom of an adult male who has a pistol in his nightstand. The intruder is shot. The lights come on and the male’s four-year old daughter says, “Daddy, I love you,” before she dies.

The first two cases were Douglas County teens. The third is apocryphal, but widely reported.

The pediatric community in this country has long argued that parents must be responsible for their children’s safety: safe gun storage, trigger locks and separation of guns from ammunition.

The National Rifle Association has refused to support gun safety regulations. Child access prevention laws were submitted to the Oregon legislature in the ’90s and were defeated.

I submit that the NRA is wrong. Guns do kill. Death by homicide, accidents, and suicide are much higher in households with guns.

I resent the bullying practices of the NRA. How presumptive they are to hand out “report cards” to legislators based on their Second Amendment voting history! Do they sway elections with their financial support?

The responsible limitations on assault weapons and background checks is a sound beginning to address the horrendous loss of life due to weapons that our culture tolerates.

Larry J. Hall, MD

President of Oregon Pediatric Society (1992-1994)

Retired Roseburg Pediatrician

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The News-Review Updated Mar 27, 2013 08:49AM Published Feb 25, 2013 07:50AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.