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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

Lebanon

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