Blame criminals for violent crime
Recently some letters have questioned your printing firearm advertisements. While all of us agree that any shootings are horrific, we must remember that the firearms industry is one of the most regulated in our countr y. They were the ones who helped bring attention to the “Fast and Furious” program that sold firearms to Mexican criminals under the Obama administration. Also, when about four years ago, the government tried a sting operation to make illegal purchases to catch two dozen firearm dealers breaking the law, those dealers refused to make the sales and reported the attempted purchases.
A study from the 1990s by the Center for Disease Control recently was uncovered by researchers after it had not been made public by the CDC because it contradicted their position, and that of some doctors on firearms. The findings supported those of a previous study, and some done since, that firearms are used up to 2 million times a year to help stop crime, most of the time without the firearm being fired.
Contrar y to a “fact” published in a recent Time magazine article, most places with more firearms have less violent crime. Contrast that with cities with ver y strict firearm restrictions and high homicide rates, such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Places like Australia and London, where private firearm ownership is ver y restricted, or even banned, have seen increases in violent crime.
Firearm accidents have been falling over the decades due to the “Hunter Safety” programs paid for by hunters along with the NRA’s “Eddie Eagle” program. Wildlife habitat and other environmental programs are paid for by a 10 percent tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition.
Yes, we all abhor any and all violent crime, but let’s put the blame where it belongs, on those who commit the crimes, the criminals.