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Letter: Arming every citizen will not make us safer

Arming every citizen will not make us safer

Gun-rights advocates are dead wrong, but at least they’re consistent. After the Sandy Hook mass murder tragedy, the National Rifle Association went into lockdown and reappeared several days later announcing, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The local gun-rights group SCOPE, in a recent letter to this column, said that the reason the Orlando massacre occurred is that none of the partygoers had a gun to shoot the assailant. It apparently wants more guns in schools, nightclubs, wherever. It’s like the gunfight at the OK Corral.

The common denominator in these mass shootings is high-capacity semiautomatic rifles and pistols. I’m not sure what possesses SCOPE to this extremism, but the NRA gets millions of dollars from the American gun industry, and these hyper-deadly guns sell like hot cakes. With the decline in sales of traditional firearms, these death machines have been a primary engine and profit driver for firearms companies.

We’re nibbling around the edges on gun safety, with the effort to ban sales of guns to terrorists and conduct universal background checks.

The real culprit in our society is not only who can buy a gun, but what kinds of guns are freely marketed. New York, Connecticut, Colorado and others have taken the first steps in restricting the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines – baby steps in the fight for a sane national gun policy.

The NRA and our gun industry have innocents’ blood on their hands. It’s shameful!

Peter Leyonmark