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May 20, 2013
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Letter: Enforce gun laws we already have

Criminals won’t buy guns legally

Those adamant about gun control laws forget several things. First, there are already laws on the books that, if they were enforced, would stop crime. Second, background checks are already required. Be honest, criminals won’t buy a gun and go through a background check. Gun-free zones just invite shooters who can be assured no one will be able to fight back while they commit their crimes. Adam Lanza specifically chose a gun-free zone to fatally shoot 20 children and six adults.

Look at the history of World War II. You’ll find that when England first got into the war, they had so few guns they appealed to the U.S. for aid. The National Rifle Association and average everyday people donated their shotguns, rifles, etc., which were sent to arm England for the fight. When you give up your guns, you give up your right to defend yourself. Those who don’t learn from history are destined (doomed?) to repeat it.

One writer worried about approximately 36 people a day dying due to guns. Has anyone checked on how many people a day die due to automobiles? How many children are lost due to abortions and/or late term abortions? I suspect the big problems with regard to mortality reside more in other areas than guns.

Of course we should view guns with respect and be trained on safe use and handling once we get one. In town, police can respond in two to three minutes, but this can be a lifetime when facing an armed intruder. Set a timer for two minutes, then visualize someone breaking into your home and threatening your family with a gun. Even a two-minute response might be too late. We need to be more self-reliant in emergencies. The ability to protect yourself could save your life.

Midge Frost

Roseburg


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