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Almost 3X as many people die from auto accidents as gun homicides

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to Johan Anderson's letter in the Aug. 13 edition of The Sun:

That you believe repealing the Second Amendment will magically reduce the number of gun deaths proves to me that you have little, if any understanding of either who actually perpetrates a majority of the gun-related deaths in the U.S. or the reasoning behind the Second Amendment.

First, if you bothered to look at the crime statistics, something easily found at the U.S. Department of Justice website, you would see that very few gun deaths are attributable to law-abiding citizens owning/carrying/using guns. Of those who do, most were committed during an act of self-defense. Most of those killing other people with guns are criminals, people who already have little or no regard for the law. You'd find that the guns they used are either already illegal to own (fully-automatic weapons, i.e. machine guns), were stolen, or smuggled in to the U.S.

Were gun ownership banned tomorrow and law-abiding citizens were to voluntarily give up their guns, how many homicides would be prevented? The answer: very few. The criminals wouldn't give up their guns. What you would have is a populace no longer able to protect itself and a criminal element give free rein because they know no one other than their fellow criminals will be armed. The homicide rate would skyrocket ... but you'd feel better because there are fewer guns out there.

Second, if you took a closer look at the crime statistics you'd find that states which have the least restrictive gun laws also have the lowest rates of violent crime, including murder. How do you reconcile your suggestion that doing away with the right for the people to own and bear arms will reduce gun deaths when the statistics say just the opposite? Is your suggestion based upon emotion rather than logic and cold hard facts?

Third, if you look at the crime statistics over the past four decades, you'd see the overall violent crime rate has been declining. If you look at the number of gun deaths, not including suicides, in 2013 (the most recent I could find), there were 11,208 gun deaths in the U.S. How many traffic fatalities were there in that same year? 32,719.

Almost three times as many people die from traffic accidents as die from gun homicides. Maybe we should ban cars and trucks because they kill a lot of people. I will admit that the number of suicides committed with a gun that same year were quite high, about 21,175. But if you ask anyone familiar with the psychology of suicide, you'd find that most of the people who killed themselves with a gun would have used other means to do so if guns weren't available.

Fourth, the Second Amendment was put into place by the framers of the Constitution for a good reason: To allow the people to defend themselves against miscreants, and more specifically, against a tyrannical government should ours devolve into such a state. If you think that can never happen, then you have ignored the evidence of history that proves otherwise. The framers knew this was a possibility and made sure we would have the means to defend ourselves against such tyranny.

I will not abridge your right to not own or carry a gun. But don't even think of abridging my right to own or carry mine.

Dale Channing Eddy

Gilford

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I believe in 'peace through strength', not in 'give peace a chance'

To The Daily Sun,

I read with mixed emotions, the letter by Lynn Rudmin Chong regarding the 70th anniversary of the bombings on Japan to bring about their surrender. Of course, we do feel bad for all the dead in all wars, and the Japanese people are no exception. Others have written about the well known fact that so many more lives were spared by this country's use of the atomic bomb. Thank God it was the United States that first had a nuclear weapon and has not used it since.

This country has not taken lands conquered, but instead has spent billions to help rebuild those countries. Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki today in comparison to our own Detroit, the former Paris of the Midwest. We still have troops protecting Germany and South Korea. We gave the Philippines, a U.S. territory, back its independence on July 4, 1946. This country has attained more power than any previous country on this earth and yet has used it more judiciously than has any previous empire. We give more in foreign aid than has any previous country having attained the status of the most powerful, despite our enormous personal debt.

Lynn and the various groups commemorating this important date in history are calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. I wonder if this group has any idea how to accomplish this onerous task? We could not keep North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon. The deal that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are trying to push through unconstitutionally will not keep Iran from continuing their development of a nuclear weapon.

Why did the Soviet Union not dare to fire a nuclear weapon at us. Mutually assured destruction (MAD) worked with the Russians. They did not want to die in the name of Allah as do the Iranian leadership who are teaching their children to believe in martyrdom and death to Israel and death to America.

Lynn, until all the world peace organizations can come up with a way for all the evil that exists in the world to give up their nuclear weapons in a way that we can verify (forget about trust), I want this country to keep our nuclear arsenal and build back up a strong military. Do you disagree, Lynn?

Surely you don't think that the United States should lead by example and diminish our nuclear stockpiles? To believe that if we "just give peace a chance," the world will see how wonderful it is and put down its arms, is pure folly and potentially lethal.

Demosthenes reminded us, "Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are grim reminders of the devastation that can be wrought by a nuclear war which would be far worse than what occurred 70 years ago. Most countries will understand that and be disinclined to use their weapons, as was the Soviet Union. However, Iran and radical Islam are far different from the West. It is pure evil, and the fact that the leftist doctrine in this country pretend otherwise is a deadly fools errand. Taqiyya is a word best learned by our leaders and very soon.

Remember the 16th century English proverb, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride?" Generally meant to imply that better results will be achieved through actions rather than just "thinkin' and a-prayin', wishin' and a-hopin' and love him and show him that you care" as Dusty Springfield once sang.

That seems to be the philosophy of the pacifist and appeasement crowd. And the philosophy of the left is to hate those who fight evil. That being the United States of America. Just ask Professors Ward Churchill and Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama's former Green Jobs czar, Van Jones, just to name a few.

Lynn, until the day that those who just want to "give peace a chance" can figure out how to convince all the evil that exists in the world to buy into that concept, I'll just go on believing in "peace through strength" and believing that this country has been and still is exceptional. Until history, for the first time ever, proves otherwise, I will continue to believe in what Dennis Prager says about our survival — "Warriors make peace and peace activists make war."

America's soul does seem to be in the lost and found. Who will come along to claim it and preserve this great Judeo-Christian nation of ours? Yes I know, words from Aretha Franklin's, "Natural Woman". I just love those 1960s female singers don't you?

Russ Wiles

Tilton

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