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Letter: These guns are 'weapons of fast destruction'

Clear link between gun control, safety

1:16 AM, Apr. 30, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Guns kills people and some guns kill better than others. There is a very strong correlation between the number of guns per household and the laxness of gun regulation in a state and the number of gun deaths per 100,000 people. This is also true between industrialized countries. And the historical impact of the more reliably deadly Winchester and Kalashnikov rifles and the Gatling gun cannot be denied.

The U.S. leads all other modern industrialized nations in gun deaths and in mass shootings. To citizens in countries with strict laws and few deaths, the relationship is so obvious that they cannot understand our obtuseness. Other countries take action after a mass shooting. Since 1989, Canada, Scotland, Australia and France each have tightened restrictions on guns after mass shootings. Three countries have not had a mass shooting since and in Canada, with less stringent reaction, mass shootings have claimed many fewer lives.

The weapon of choice in mass murders is a military style semiautomatic rifle with a large clip. At Sandy Hook, 154 bullets were sprayed in less than five minutes, killing 26. These guns may not be "weapons of mass destruction" but they are surely "weapons of fast destruction."

Americans are not more violent than people in other countries, not more criminal or more imbalanced. We are just more lethal. Time we join the civilized world.

For more information, visit www.vpc.org, www.csgv.org or www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org.

Carolyn Bronston,

Wausau

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