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Web letter: Push for new gun laws indicates ignorance

The lead letter on May 8 (“Second Amendment rights don’t trump second graders’ ”) is, in my opinion, the typical reaction of an uninformed citizen. I agree with some parts. I bristle when I am referred to as a stooge.

I purchased my first gun from my high school principal many years ago. I hunted many times with that gun, and my family enjoyed eating the wild game it brought home.

If the bills now in Congress were passed, my high school principal could be classified as a criminal for selling a gun without a license to do so.

Perhaps the author of the letter should turn to Page 5A of the same edition. It is an article by Alan Fram of The Associated Press quoting the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The first paragraph is: “Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress’ battle over whether to tighten restrictions on fire arms.” It goes on to cite many facts. Homicides per 100,000 people fell 49 percent.

We have laws in place. Enforce them. We do not need more laws.

THOMAS W. MAY Fort Wayne

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