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Letter: Guarding ‘against danger’ spurs unnecessary fear

Guarding ‘against danger’ spurs unnecessary fear

The Nov. 17 letter, “Citizens must make plans to guard against danger” was just trying to sell some SCOPE National Rifle Association-sponsored fear. And it’s not a real fear.

Spree killers like the ones in the Texas church, at the concert in Vegas and trucker on the New York City bikepath want big body counts. It could happen but the writer was from Lancaster, a town of 10,294 people according to the last census so not a great target for the sociopath who wants to feel like a big man before he dies.

Now if we check the FBI’s stat’s for crime from 2015 (check it on the web) there were seven violent crimes for the whole year in 2015. Basically a 1 in 1,465 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Lancaster. You’re pretty safe dude.

Even if you go to Buffalo with a population of 256,902 with 2,953 violent crimes in 2015 (41 of them murders) you still have a 1 in 88 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2015 Buffalo. (Much lower for murder). Let’s check the murder rates, shall we?

• West Seneca murders in 2015, and 2014 were… 0.

• Murders in Hamburg for 2012, 2013 and 2024 were… 0.

• Murders in Orchard Park for 2012, 2013, and 2014 were… 0. The writer needs to calm down.

He seemed to be making a case for stand your ground laws. If he likes them so much he should move to Florida.

Like the spree killers mentioned above it’s been a benefit to those that wanna feel like “big men,” like the 50-year-old who shot at teens in a gas station because their music was too loud and they didn’t reply to his request to turn it down with the reverence he thought he was due.

And the famous case of Trayvon Martin who didn’t think he had to submit to George Zimmerman’s imaginary authority and was shot for it. And thousands more.

Larry Schultz

Springville

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