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Letter: Gun control is not an effective solution

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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:00 am

With all the challenges facing Californians today, gun control is the least important but seems to have taken center stage. Among many draconian “gun control” laws, none is any less so than State Sen. (Kevin) de Leon’s S.B. 53, requiring an annual permit to purchase ammunition and requiring all transactions to be face-to-face, eliminating the people’s ability to order ammunition online. A similar bill has already been deemed unconstitutional and voided — why are we wasting time trying to do it again?

Obama’s January 2013 Executive Orders regarding firearms included commissioning a report by the CDC on so-called “gun violence.” The report concluded that “self-defense can be an important crime deterrent;” citizens who were armed at the time of the attack had “consistently lower injury rates” compared to victims who used other self-protective strategies. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive use by criminals. FBI estimates up to 10 times more often than as offensive use by criminals, as many as three million each year, and the majority of the time, no shots are fired. “The Second Amendment ... being necessary to the security of a free state” clause.

Most unlawful use of firearms occurs in areas with risk factors and predictors of violence that include diminished economic opportunities, high levels of family disruption and low levels of community participation. These are the areas we should be concentrating on improving, not disarming the law abiding citizens of the state. Armed citizens are the original homeland security.

Sixty-one percent of gun deaths in the United States are suicide, not homicide. No gun control law in existence will change this. Australia used suicide as a reason to ban weapons and found it had no effect!

Write your state senator and Assembly member and urge them to uphold their oath of office, to strongly oppose this attack on the Second Amendment and oppose and defeat all the “gun control” laws coming before the legislature. Gun control is rooted in racism, has never reduced crime and nothing has changed.

“More guns equals less crime.”

David Duffy


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