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Wed, March 20

Letter: Enough gun control

Editor:

The same day the editorial “gun control talk is back” was published in the Courier, an article by Matthew Daly of the AP titled “Dems to push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting” was also published.

In that article, Daly quoted Giffords, “She was thrilled that her former House colleagues were responding to a gun-violence epidemic that killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017”.

The problem is that there were nowhere close to 40,000 murders in the U.S. in 2017. The FBI Uniform Crime Reports that in 2017 there were in fact 15,129 homicides in the U.S. Of those 10,982 were from firearms. Doesn’t anyone bother to fact check the so called “facts” spouted by politicians or reporters?

If you’re going to have a discussion about any situation it’s always best to use real facts and not automatically believe made up figures spouted by partisans on either side of an issue.

If reducing gun crime is the goal, start federally prosecuting prohibited persons who try and buy firearm from dealers. This happens many thousands of times each year; however, these federal crimes are rarely prosecuted. Additionally stop giving probation to criminals who use or steal firearms. Make the criminal use or theft of firearms a mandatory five- to 10-year prison sentence. Criminals only fear being prosecuted when the consequences are severe. There are already thousands of federal, state, county and local firearms laws across the U.S. Let’s start enforcing those laws before enacting new feel-good legislation, which will only serve to limit the 2nd amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and will do nothing to reduce crime.

Jim Campbell

Prescott

Editor’s note: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 39,773 gun deaths in 2017 in the U.S., nearly two-thirds of them suicides.

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