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Letter: Easy Steps to Reduce Gun Deaths

To the Editor:

A recent Valley News article about a gun manufacturing company in South Royalton again raises the issue of selling high-capacity automatic weapons to the public. Though a representative of the manufacturer pointed out that such high-powered rifles are designed primarily for military use, sales are open to the public as well, supposedly for hunters and shooters at gun ranges. Why a hunter needs a weapon that can shoot multiple 30-round magazines is way beyond me, but I am not at all against this manufacturer’s right to make and market such weapons. What I am appalled by is the attitude that Vermonters don’t have to do anything at the state or federal level to improve public safety regarding guns. An improved background-check system and increased focus on gun safety — gun locks, child-proof gun cabinets and mandatory gun-safety training — would surely decrease the number of deaths from homicide and suicide in Vermont, and in states that benefit from easy access to guns acquired here.

Richard Neugass

Norwich

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