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National debate over guns is reminiscent of the one over slavery

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National debate over guns is reminiscent of the one over slavery I’ve enjoyed the lively exchanges on the Gazette’s editorial page about gun ownership and laws. The numerous letters show how divisive an issue we now face. Many writers seem to pick objects such as subway trains, cars, knives, and clubs to make arguments for and against gun laws. I’d like to suggest that rather than focusing on objects, we look at strongly emotional, divisive ...

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muggy
January 14, 2013
7:10 a.m.

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Oh Liz. Please define the term "assault weapon." Would that weapon be the hammer used in over 300 murders last year? Or would that weapon be the 5 gallon pail that 50 children drowned in last year? How about the automobile?

Liz. Do you know that an assault weapon is defined by cosmetic changes to a rifle? The actual operation of the weapon is a semi-automatic. This means that a bullet is discharge with each press of the trigger, and another bullet is loaded into the chamber.

SnowGrinch
January 14, 2013
1:55 p.m.

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Ask the families of the 26 people who were killed with an AR15 assault rifle at the Sandy Hook Elementary School if they want those weapons banned.
Ask the Newtown police chief Michael Kehoe, who yesterday said: “Ban assault weapons, restrict those magazines that so have so many bullets in them, shore up any loopholes in our criminal background checks.”
There is no need for assault weapons in our society.

wmarincic
January 14, 2013
10:32 p.m.

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snowgrinch, a kneejerk reaction to a tragedy being used for the purpose of liberals to disarm it's citizens. If you have even half a brain you see that England that outright bans all guns has the highest number of violent crimes in a civilized country, 2034 per 100,000 people and 7 of the other top 10 are also anti gun countries, the U.S. is not even on the list. Look at Mexico and Chicago Illinois and see how outright gun bans stop the violence there.

bostonredsoxfan
January 15, 2013
8:23 a.m.

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It's fascinating the degree to which people throw around statistics without offering citations or context.

wmarincic
January 15, 2013
9:26 a.m.

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You are welcome to research it like I did boston but here it is.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/l...

bostonredsoxfan
January 15, 2013
11:13 a.m.

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The blog post at the link below will explain some of the problems with the numbers you cited, including which offenses each nation reports as violent crimes. Also, the UK does not have an outright ban on all guns.

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/201...

wmarincic
January 15, 2013
12:14 p.m.

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Actually the UK does have have an outright ban on guns, even most Police don't carry guns which is why the violence is so high. You can also check a dozen or so other sites that will tell you the same about the UK and other gun banning countries.

bostonredsoxfan
January 15, 2013
1:04 p.m.

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Actually, the UK does NOT have an outright ban on all guns - only handguns. The London Metropolitan Police web site lists regulations and provides permit applications: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/firear....

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