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Letter: Problems not with guns, it’s with people

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From: Lawrence Johnson


This is in response to Mr. Scarbrough’s letter. The Second Amendment is regulated, and it is regulated heavily. There are gun-free zones, concealed weapons permits, bans on certain weapons and magazine capacities, complete registration in some states, and the list goes on. The Second Amendment may actually be the most regulated amendment.

The facts about guns are that gun-related homicides are a small portion of the total deaths in the U.S. and that gun-related homicides have actually been on the decline for almost two decades, despite the greater sales of guns in recent years. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reported last year that “firearm-related” homicides fell 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, and “nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization against persons aged 12 or older” dropped 70 percent over the same time period.

The problem is not the gun, it is the person, the lack of enforcement and the minimal sentences for such crimes. More regulation is not the answer. Great Britain has banned guns, and because of this, stabbings have become so numerous that it is illegal to carry a knife in public, and now they are debating on whether to ban long kitchen knives altogether. In London alone there are a thousand knife-related crimes a month.

Where does it stop? How many rights are you willing to give away or take from others? I commend the NRA and other organizations for standing up for the people’s rights and the Constitution, and I find people who wish to give away their rights so easily simply unAmerican.

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