To the Daily Sun,
I communicated with our state legislators asking them to support more sensible gun regulations in New Hampshire. Following are excerpts from the exchange I had with Rep. Peter Spanos (Republican from Laconia) and his comments are shared with his permission.
Rep. Spanos: "Thank you for your note. I voted against the concealed weapon repeal and will support the governor's veto against my parties wishes because I believe it is the right thing to do. Some issues are bigger than partisan politics, and this is one of them."
Me: I'm very surprised to have received a response from you on this very important issue. Thanks for going against your party and deciding to support Gov. Hassan (D-N.H.). You sir give me faith that both parties can work together.
Rep. Spanos: "I support the permit requirement for concealed carry because it helps to protect the safety of those in law enforcement. I also fully support the Second Amendment and all it guarantees as well."
We need more legislators who are willing to support gun regulations (which, by the way, even the absolutist Justice Scalia has written are permitted by the Second Amendment). The following is excerpted from a worldwide study published at www.rightdiagnosis.com:
"People kill people. We need better support, care and treatment of those with mental health problems."
"But: people kill people because they have guns in their hands. In Sweden, where the rate of mental illness is 22 percent, same as in the USA, the number of guns per 100 people was 33 ( 2010 data). In USA, the number of guns per 100 people was 101. Deaths by guns in Sweden? 138 in the year 2010. Deaths in USA during the same year: 31,672."
"The difference? Gun regulations. Background checks. While people most definitely kill people, having guns so readily accessible makes it easier to kill people, and mental illness issues alone do not explain the difference. States that have the strictest regulations have seen the greatest reductions in gun deaths."
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