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Letter: It is clear more guns won’t make us safer

It is clear more guns won’t make us safer

By now, we all know the drill. A mass killing occurs and the left starts proposing stricter gun control and groups like the NRA and SCOPE stand up on their hind legs spouting their Second Amendment rights. A recent letter reiterated how stricter gun laws will not make us a safer country. While I usually fall on the left side of the gun argument, this time, sadly, I have to agree with the writer. More laws will not make us safer.

But you know what will make us safer? Less guns! If you don’t believe me, then simply do some research. The United States has the greatest gun ownership in the world. Yet our citizens are 10 times more likely to be killed by a gun, and our gun murder rate is 25 times that of all of the countries in the world with similar socioeconomic characteristics. If more guns made us safer, we would be the envy of every country in the world.

I know the right will bring out its usual straw-man arguments: Chicago has strict gun laws yet an inordinately high murder rate; we need to stop the mentally challenged from getting guns; or, if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. These are all smokescreens.

The reality is that we can protect the Second Amendment while still having sensible controls on gun ownership. It is time we depoliticize this issue and apply some common sense for the good of all Americans.

Richard Piechowicz