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EASY ACCESS TO GUNS (letter published in the “Gainesville Sun,” Oct. 26, 2015)

A man in Sweden shows up at a school, kills a teacher and a student with a sword. Why didn’t he show up with an assault rifle or a handgun? Maybe because it’s not easy in Sweden to purchase or steal firearms.

Why didn’t he kill more people? Maybe because he didn’t have a firearm. Wouldn’t it have been better if all the teachers and students were packing guns? To defend themselves?

Or maybe, more likely, if they had all been armed maybe even more people would have been killed by stray gunfire. Maybe.

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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in INTERVIEWS & OP-ED WRITINGS

 

GUN LAWS

Recently the state where I live, Florida, is threatened with still more liberal gun laws, at a time when we all should be striving to make guns less available.  At the time of writing (Oct. 21, 2015) one committee in the state legislature has supported a measure that could make it easier for people to claim self-defense when shooting others under the already notorious “stand your ground” law.

The mother of seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis, who was shot dead in a dispute over loud music while sitting in a car at a Jacksonville gas station last year, has this to say about “stand your ground.”

“Stand your ground laws create a culture of shoot first and ask questions later. These laws embolden individuals to settle their conflicts by reaching for their firearms instead of using their words. And that is not what Florida needs. It needs common-sense gun laws.”

Another measure under consideration in the legislature would allow people who already have concealed-weapons permits to openly display the guns they are packing and to carry weapons on state college and university campuses. Numbers released earlier show that almost three-quarters of Floridians—73 %—oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on campuses.

Surveys revealing large numbers of Americans opposed to the craziness of gun laws at least give us some hope. Sooner or later (we hope sooner) good sense will finally prevail, and we will make a beginning  toward solving the horrendous problems in our gun-crazed culture.

 

GUN STUDY

“Guns have limited value in foiling crime. An analysis of five years of data from the NCVS (National Crime Victimization Survey) found that of over 14,000 crimes with contact between offenders and victims, guns were used by less than 1 percent of the victims, despite the fact that about 25 % of adults are gun owners. In over 300 sexual assaults NOT ONCE did a woman use a gun to protect herself. While the gun lobby portrays campuses as bursting with sexual predators, the truth is that most sex offenses are committed by acquaintances or partners of the victim and with alcohol present.”  – Thomas Gabor, former professor of criminology who specializes in the study of violence – http://www.thomasgabor.com