Blame crim­i­nals for vi­o­lent crime

The Star Democrat - - OPINION - JIM AP­PLE In­gle­side

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.

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