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Thank You To Common Sense Gun Owners

To the Editor

Thank you to gun owners who understand and agree on how common sense gun violence control laws will help protect innocent people without infringing upon their rights to own a gun. However, I am disappointed when others use fragmented information to blindside citizens into believing that gun violence control does not work.

Chicago has the strictest gun laws and gun violence is still high. By creating pockets of gun laws in each state, it's nearly impossible for certain communities to protect themselves fully from the kind of gang gun violence occurring in Chicago. Criminals import many of their guns from Indiana, Ohio and several other states with lax gun laws within driving distance.

When guns are used for self-defense, it is not reported in mainstream media. Most recent data shows 30,000 gun related deaths in the US in one year.  The majority of these gun related deaths are not reported in mainstream media.  The FBI counted an average of 215 justified firearm homicides by private citizens per year over the period 2005-2010.

Fact: Guns kill innocent people far more often than used in self-defense. A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide (11x), criminal assault or homicide (7x), or unintentional shooting death or injury (4x), than to be used in a self-defense shooting

Guns are not dangerous, people are. This should confirm the fact that we need better gun violence control to get guns out of the hands of the wrong people.

Why don’t we ban cars since they kill more people than guns? People need cars to get to their destination.  However, we have instituted common sense laws to make cars safer in the form of seatbelt laws, child car seats and stricter drunk driving laws.

Gun Control laws will ban guns and I will not be able to protect my family. Most of the gun violence laws are geared at those purchasing guns illegally, or without background checks at gun shows.  Thus, gun control laws will negatively affect criminals, not law abiding gun owners.

How do we define a military style assault weapon?  Assault rifles were designed to overwhelm enemies and inflict mass casualty. The National Firearms Act of 1934 regulated the use of machine-guns. The Gun Control Act of 1968, followed by the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, further regulated these weapons. The 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban (expired in 2004) broadened the definition of assault weapons to include semi-automatic firearms with detachable magazines, folding stocks, pistol grips, or flash suppressors.

The AR-15 rifle was used in the Newtown tragedy.  Upon penetration, the bullet breaks, and part of its fragments produce a secondary soft tissue channel. Hitting a hard surface, bullet and bone shards explode through the wound like a grenade. The result is carnage far beyond that produced by a 9mm, a .40, or the 45 caliber. Americans do not need to be armed better than most urban police forces. :

Fran Wong

22 Pepperidge Road, Newtown                    March 4, 2013

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