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Letter: In these cases, guns helped

Recently Robert A. Stein complained about assault weapons (“Gun violence unabated,” Monitor letter, March 11).

Well, Mr. Stein, a few facts. No assault weapons have been sold in America since the 1934 National Firearms Act without exhaustive federal permits. Assault weapons by definition are multiple select fire weapons, usually including full auto, burst mode and single fire. All the “assault weapons” liberals are protesting about are just look-alike, fake semi-auto or single fire (one trigger pull, one round fired) rifles. True AR 15 assault rifles are not available to the public, and not one of the recent mass murders used a full auto weapon.

Show me one case where law-abiding, armed citizens were gathered and a shooting broke out where the armed citizens shot each other instead of the shooter. I see just the opposite:

∎ In 2007, at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeanne Assam, a female off-duty security guard, took out a gunman and saves hundreds of lives.

∎ In 2012, in Long Beach, Calif., an employee opened fire on his boss. A passerby pulled his gun and killed the shooter.

∎ In 2013 at an Atlanta middle school, an armed officer in the school disarmed a teen who open fired and hit a student in the neck.

∎ In 2013 a women’s basketball coach from Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two female basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot.



Legacy Comments3

Over five thousand people have been killed since the Sandy Hook Massacre and thousands injured by guns. Of course you can name times when guns saved people just like there are times when wearing a seat belt caused someone's death. But the statistics are definitely on the side of guns harming innocents. Even so those people that killed gunmen would still have their guns if they owned them legally so what's your problem?

True jvalley. Folks tend to look for quick fixes, not what works best, or what our current laws are and how they are not being enforced, and how background checks are useless because of allowing folks who have mental issues exempt from background checks unless they are committed.These laws are set up badly. Yet our govt seems to feel that more of them will fix everything.

hate to say it... while this is an excellent letter, it tends to fall on deaf ears. those against gun ownership in general don't care if guns have saved people. They only care that someone was hurt. The public in general finds it more juicier to hear about someone who used a gun in the commission of a crime, and not about someone who used it for it's intended purpose, to defend ones-self or another.

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