Andrew Kenny’s response to those who challenge his letter promoting more and more guns makes no more sense than his original letter (“We need more guns,” July 22). He seems to live in an imaginary world of hypothetical scenarios backed up by convenient statistics that are not relevant. The fact that guns are so easily available is the reason that there are so many gun-related deaths, not the opposite.
Colorado has very liberal gun laws, and most of the audience was eligible to bring a gun to the movie the night of that massacre, but that didn’t seem to make a difference. Is he recommending that everyone should have brought a gun that night? Kenny’s questionable statistic that the “37 states with concealed carry laws” have experienced decreased violent crime could be explained any number of ways. But there is also a preponderance of statistics indicating that more guns result in more civilian deaths. Rather than compare various states whose gun laws have been compromised by lobbying, commercial interests and political opportunism, it would be more valid to compare the United States with other countries. Countries with rigorous gun laws experience far less violent crime.
As opposed to the United States where, due to the sheer number of firearms floating about, people feel unsafe and need to buy guns for themselves in self-defense. No, “more guns” is not a solution to anything.
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