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4/10/2013 9:00:00 AM
Letter: Citizens have a right to protect themselves


When Arizona enacted a concealed carry law, increased firearms violence was predicted, but it never happened and crime actually decreased. When Arizona enacted a right to carry concealed without a permit, increased firearm violence was again predicted, but it never happened, and crime again actually decreased.

The NRA was correct saying the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Citizens have a constitutional right to be able to protect themselves. Restricting their 2nd Amendment rights in any way is the wrong approach.

The "free shotguns" program in high-crime areas in Tucson is an appropriate answer to crime in general and for home protection. This program consists of proper firearms training, storage of firearms and the use of trigger locks before the shotgun is issued to a citizen. A shotgun is an excellent weapon for home protection as a round fired is unlikely to penetrate and be a danger to neighbors. The arming of good responsible people is a positive approach for home protection.

It seems that the media and the current administration is bent on restricting the rights of responsible people. Reduced capacity magazines and abolishment of semi-automatic weapons is their answer however it will accomplish nothing to reduce gun violence.

One aspect, that of limiting the violence in video games and movies, has dropped off the prospective answer list. It makes me think that the Hollywood crowd, who fawn and dote on our "messiah" president, are immune to curtailing their role in corrupting America's youth. Hollywood's media exposure, and of course their campaign contributions, seem to make them exempt in finding an answer to gun violence.

Let's find sensible answers to gun violence and not restrict the responsible, gun-owning citizen. The Tucson program to issue shotguns to law-abiding people is a step in the right direction.

Garry Shumann

Chino Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bull's Eye

A gun, like any other source of power, is a force for either good or evil, being neither in itself, but depending upon those who possess it.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Barron

Good article. I wish Sacramento [CA] lawmakers thought like this. Alas, Arizona and a few other states are the last bastions of free people.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: MIKE B.


Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: conceal and carry mom

I completly agree. I am a wife and mother with a concealed weapons permit and carry responsibly. I thank God I live in a state where our freedom to the second ammendment is still recognized and I have the right to protect my children and myself. Good for Tucson helping and showing more people how to protect themselves against the evil out in the world that no "president" can stop with any gun ban. The bad guys will always have the guns. Just as the drunk drivers will always have access to booze if they so choose, and the crack heads will always have their drugs. You can't ban those things and expect the bad people to just disappear. Doesn't work like that! !! Im curious how the "president's" response would be if heaven forbid the gun ban passes and theres another shooting. What then when the government realizes it did nothing whatsoever. And ive always wondered if one of those parents who lost a precious child in connecticut would be more accepting of guns if a "good guy" who was armed happened to be there and took out the shooter saving tiny lives. Then a gun would have been considered a valiant thing. I try to respect everyone's thoughts and oppinions but ask this of those in oposition to guns, take a self deffense class, learn how to shoot if you never have. You might find a new respect for the weapon and maybe even realize it could be your next hobby or family thing to do together. Dont ever shun something untill you've atleast tried it once. Especially if its something you fear, give it a try and learn about it. I feel learning to protect ourselves is a big step in the right direction to preventing a crime, not taking away our rights to protect ourselves. And were continuing it on down the line by teaching our kids responsibility and respect for and with guns. And I can say I'm a very proud parent when I watch my kids handle them as weve taught them. Guns don't kill people, people kill people!!

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