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Letter: We have too many gun laws already

For the uninformed advocates of gun control, someone should explain that murders predated guns.

These zealots seem to believe Cain killed Abel with an AR-15 or an AK-47. These ignorant ilk tell us the police will protect us. Right. The police did such a great job in Florida, where one, two, three or four were too cowardly to protect children being murdered. They also failed to arrest the suspect after having at least 23 complaints about his prior threatening, criminal behavior.

A popular sign of the times states, “A gun in one’s hand is better than a cop on the phone.”

Liberal gun haters insist we only need one more or 10 more gun laws. They never mention the millions on the books now. In addition to federal gun laws, virtually every state, city and town have gun laws. Do they help? Are they obeyed? Let’s pass some more laws outlawing  murder and banning dope; everyone obeys these, right? It is a federal felony to be armed while dealing drugs. Yet how many arrested, unarmed drug dealers do we recall?

For those who feel our gun laws are inadequate and are fearful of guns, let them move to Mexico. Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws on the globe. There is only one store that sells guns in the entire nation, operated by the military. Virtually no one owns legal guns there, but in 2016 Mexico’s drug war was the second-deadliest conflict on earth — exceeded only by Syria’s civil war.

I own and carry a gun and have never murdered, shot nor assaulted anyone. Still, liberals want to punish and restrict the law-abiding gun owner like myself. If they are truly concerned about public safety and crime and murder, let them restrict mass murderers from ever taking another breath.

— W.F. Owens

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