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Letter: Curbing gun violence

To the Editor:

The enlightenment, superior intellect and higher moral standards of gun control advocates make me, as a lifelong gun owner, realize I don’t stand a chance of comprehending their position on the Second Amendment without their thoughtful guidance.

I’m having considerable difficulty understanding their gun violence premise. In every shooting incident, gun control advocates instantly jump to gun violence as the primary cause. Horrific black-on-black crime on Chicago’s south side is because of rampant gun violence. Tragic shootings in churches, schools, clubs and theaters are also due to gun violence. And although we already have a myriad of laws in place, with each incident, the cries for more new laws to curb gun violence rise exponentially.

I’m into my seventh decade on this planet, and I’ve owned guns for close to six of them. I currently own a number of firearms. The problem I’m having is determining which of my guns have the potential of becoming violent. In all my time, I have never had one of my guns become violent. So I would ask my gun control friends if there are signs I should recognize before my guns turn violent. When purchasing a new gun, are there clear signals I should notice indicating that my preferred choice will someday become violent?

There are well over 320 million guns in circulation in the United States. On average there are 12,726 gun homicides and 21,637 gun suicides per year in the U.S. Total gun deaths per year in all categories stand at one tenth of one percent of the 320 million guns in circulation. This means that not all guns are violent. Approximately 13,000 are violent toward strangers, and 22,000 are violent toward their owners each year. So is it right to blame all guns for the violence of a few?

I have never known or met a gun owner who would want to have a rogue violent gun in their collection. So, if some gun control mastermind would step up and use his/her/x superior intellect to compile a violent gun profile for us ill-informed gun owners, and help us recognize a violent gun when we see one, maybe we could finally curb gun violence without having to constantly rely on new common-sense laws, which in fact will only be ignored by those guns inherently determined to be violent.

Bill Shink

Yorkville

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