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Letter: Ayotte ignores the real issue

Re “Shooting warrants study” (Monitor Forum, Sept. 19):

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not just ignoring the elephant in the room but is evading the tragedy of a nation that is being trampled by that elephant while she is suggesting we adjust the décor.

Of course, this elephant is the proliferation of guns in the United States, with an estimation of 300 million guns in civilian custody, and a proclivity among owners to carry the gun in public. The U.S. leads the world in deadly gun violence. There were 8,853 documented deaths by firearms in the U.S. in 2012.

It is time more of us started to consider not wearing a gun in a provocative manner, maybe leaving it at home more often, storing guns under lock and even reducing the number of guns you own.

There is nothing wrong with Ayotte’s call for a review of federal hiring practices; it is actually a good idea. But that is not an answer to this American tragedy. Narrowing access to guns by individuals with mental illness and violent criminal history and prohibiting high-capacity clips is the only practical way to diminish future gun assaults. Now is the time to step up the argument. The gun lobby and its minions are armed and proclaiming a link between carrying a gun and demonstrating patriotism. The rest of us, the corpus of future victims, are unarmed, but not yet helpless.

BILL COHEN

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strictly by the numbers, in the last 125 years, who/what has killed the most people worldwide?

I'll bite. Smoking?

Ffor the readers that still have some curiosity they could read this study from an ultra liberal institute: Harvard Study: No Correlation Between Gun Control and Less Violent Crime FACTS to consider......Chicago: 446 school age children shot so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent and then there is this...... from the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent and nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent from 1993 to 2011 ....and this...... "in 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms screened 76,142 NICS denials. Of those, charges were brought in only 44 cases - and resulted in just 13 successful prosecutions.

There is no way to conclude that gun control isn't working in a city or state if someone can just go to a neighboring city or state that has lax control to purchase a gun.

since 1980 more people have died of lightning strikes in the USA than died from the gun of a mass murderer - a fact the left hate to admit..... In the 32 years since 1980, there have been some 513 people killed in 62 incidents of mass shootings under the Mother Jones definition (perpetrators generally included). This amounts to an average of 16 per year. Over the 12 years for which the CDC has available data, the average death rate due to lightning strikes has been 45 per year.

Why just compare lightning strikes to mass killings. Why not automobile accidents or cancer deaths? They have as much in common with mass killings as lightning strikes do. Also what do you think is a reasonable amount for mass killings? When does it cross over to become a problem for you? Never mind. I know the answer.

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