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Gun control? A Band-Aid solution, at best


Date published: 2/3/2013

Gun control? A Band-Aid solution, at best

The usual gun-grabbers have once again come out of the woodwork to take advantage of the Newtown shootings justify their long-desired agenda to take our guns. The story from Connecticut is tragic and I don't wish to diminish the importance of national discussion, but I feel a different perspective must added.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of homicide deaths caused by firearms in 2009 was 13,343. While that is an alarming number, consider that according to the Institute of Medicine, there are 98,000 deaths every year due to medical errors. The Census Bureau reports there were 33,000 traffic-related deaths in 2009. The CDC reports 443,000 deaths annually due to smoking. Deaths that seemingly could have been prevented are far more numerous from other things.

A conversation with a friend who was incarcerated tells me that criminals prefer to prey on someone who does not posses a firearm. It's impossible to quantify the number of crimes deterred by responsible citizens who own guns because you can't count the thoughts of criminals.

I predict that our dear leaders in Congress will soon pass more gun control laws, claiming they've made progress to save lives when, in reality, they've put another Band-Aid on the problem and not much will change. Despite the good intentions in passing laws, there will still be individuals who are mentally unstable or, in a fit of rage, choose to take the life of another with a gun.

Steve Everett

Stafford