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Letter: Stopping bad guys from getting guns

Re “Gun control legislation shoved down our throats” (Monitor letter, Feb. 9):

Judy Aron refers to herself as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. Should this convince us that gun control is a bad thing? History would suggests otherwise.

If she believes that, had all German Jews possessed guns, the Holocaust would have been avoided, she is mistaken. Uprisings by Jews and others were brutally put down. The arms industry supported Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Goebbels needed a short time to convert the population by brainwashing them.

We could be close to this in our country by the uncontrolled advertising in “our” media and the uncontrolled spending by corporate America into “our” political system. Hard to believe? Research the arms industry in Germany during the 1930s.

I lived in London during World War II. I asked my dad why we were going to war over Poland. His answer was, “We have to take their (German) guns away, son. We may not win, but we must try.”

I had doubts about his wisdom as we were bombed night after night and spent a great deal of time in a hole in the ground. But he was right. The choice is not the good guy with a gun stopping the bad guy with a gun. Rather it is the good guy stopping the bad guy from getting a gun in the first place, and that is what we are trying to accomplish with sensible gun control laws.

Firearm related deaths per 100,000 population: United States, 9.2; United Kingdom, 0.25; Japan, 0.07; New Hampshire, 0.53. Meantime, Republican politicians continue to put us at risk by their refusal to support any sensible gun-related legislation that would keep us all a little safer.

JOHN W. FURLONG

Elkins

Legacy Comments7

The Auto industry killed itself by continuing to make cars no one wanted to buy. They sacrificed quality and innovation for short term profits. Unions did not kill the auto industry in Detroit. The auto industry itself did that. Ghettoes are caused by poverty. When you keep a large group of people unemployed for a long period of time then social issues start having an effect on peoples lives. Many of whom react with violence. Luckily we don't have that problem in NH or VT. you can not compare the results of two differing economies and societies and expect the same results. If there were a large enough population of unemployed in NH over a long enough period of time you can take it to the bank that violence would increase even here.

Then how do you explain the fact that Chicago has a ton of gun crime - and the most restrictive gun laws in the country, while NH and VT have some of the most liberal gun laws in the country and almost no gun crime by comparison?

Maybe because Detriot has a large minority population that has been largely unemployed and uneducated for the last several decades might have something to do with it. Tell me where in NH and VT do you find lage scale ghettoes. There is ia big difference in the socioeconomics betwen NH and Detroit.

Let's examine why that happened say-what. Unions killed the auto industry and Detroit lead the nation in spending on schools for decades. So much for schools need more money I guess. Ghettos? People cause an area to be a ghetto, not guns. If you are more interested in procreation and less interested in raising those kids, you wind up with a gthetto. Socioeconomics aside, the reasons run deep and honestly, Democrats have controlled Detroit for decades.

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common? Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961. Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954. Cincinnati , OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984. Cleveland , OH (4th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989. Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor. St. Louis , MO (6th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949. El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor. Milwaukee , WI (8th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908. Philadelphia , PA (9th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952. Newark , NJ (10th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907. The city of Milwaukee has been run by liberals and progressives without interruption for more than 100 years. What is the consequence of this progressive rule? Milwaukee’s median household income is forty percent below the rest of the country. The black unemployment rate is 27%, three times the national average for everyone. Milwaukee’s population is majority black and Hispanic, and 30% of it lives below the poverty line. A third of Milwaukee’s public school children drop out before they graduate; those who do are barely literate. That’s what progressive policies achieve.

John, tell us about crime and public safety in America 100 years ago, well before all out restrictive gun laws began in the 60's. Tell us about all those mass murders of innocent people in America 100 years ago. Tell us why those crimes didn't happen 100 years ago but do today. Tell us what has changed in America over that time period- besides lots of new restrictive gun laws.

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. -Benjamin Franklin 1755.

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