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Violent crime is falling as gun ownership rises

People who write letters are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. A recent writer talks about gun violence and kids shooting kids. Would that not be better described as gang members killing gang members? These kids put themselves in that position. Yes, innocents sometimes become victims and that is horrible. Does the writer think if we could somehow magically eliminate all guns that gang murder would cease? Most likely, they would start firebombing the homes and hangouts of their rivals, killing many more innocents than occur now.

He then writes that he could not imagine sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop with someone with a gun on his belt. Truth is, unless he never steps out of the house, he has sat in many places with concealed-carry gun owners. If a crazed gunman walks into the next coffee shop the writer enters, he will be praying for someone with a gun to stop him. Please review the Senate testimony of Dr. Suzanna Hupp regarding the 1991 shooting in Luby’s Cafeteria in Texas.

He should also understand that the M-1 rifle he carried in World War II (thank you for your service) was not and still is not a pea shooter compared to what is available today. If he is referring to so-called assault weapons, most are chambered in a much smaller caliber and undisputedly less lethal than the 30-06 he used.

The writer is calling for rational, common-sense reasoning. He would have readers believe that increased gun ownership is the cause of violent crime, so here is another undisputable reality. Firearm ownership is at an all-time high in the United States while violent crime has dropped 50 percent in the past 20 years. He can draw his own conclusions.

Gerry Cumbo

SCOPE 1st Vice President

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