Letter: More Guns Equal More Safety

To the Editor:

The current round of bleating for stricter gun controls begs several questions in the minds of those of us who are still willing and able to think for ourselves: When, in all of recorded history, has a single weapon-control law (or edict) resulted in a lower incidence of violence? Not one single time. There are many examples, though, of the opposite effect being achieved — Great Britain and many U.S. cities being among the most recent. The most far-reaching restriction in this country was the Gun Control Act of 1968, which coincided with the great surge in violent crime that we are still struggling with today.

Why are the locations in the U.S. with the least restrictive gun laws not only the safest places in the country, but among the safest places in the world?

How is it that crime rates were lower and schools safer when guns in or near a school were not considered a cause for concern and guns were available by mail and at most hardware stores?

If a republic requires a virtuous, responsible and thoughtful citizenry, it cannot bode well for ours that so many are so terrified of the technology of the Victorian era and too dim-witted to even be ashamed of the fact.

Anthony Stimson



Letter: More Thought, Less Scolding

Friday, December 21, 2012

To the Editor: A letter in the Dec. 19 Forum from Anthony Stimson (“More Guns Equal More Safety”) got my attention. Stimson opines that the “bleating for stricter gun controls” begs several questions in the minds of “those of us who are still willing and able to think for ourselves.” Later in his letter, he seems to yearn for the …

Letter: Armed and Dangerous

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

To the Editor: Anthony Stimson thinks that if more people carried guns, we would all be safer (“More Guns Equal More Safety,” Dec. 19). I disagree. The U.S. averages 30,000 gun deaths per year. This is about 85 deaths each day. Approximately 9,000 people are intentionally killed by guns; the rest are accidents or suicide. No other country comes anywhere …

Letter: Don’t Succumb to the Hysteria

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

To the Editor: In response to Terry Boone’s critique of my last letter, if I seem to have implied that the country was safer when there were fewer restrictions on firearms, it is because the violent crime rate was, in fact, lower in the mid-1960s and earlier, as anyone who was around then or who has studied crime statistics compiled …