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Reader's View: Selling weapons of war to public not a good idea

Ninety percent of Americans support background checks for gun purchases; and moderate, common-sense regulations do not threaten anyone’s freedom to own a firearm.

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No one is coming for your hunting rifles, shotguns, or pistols kept for self-defense. You may look a little less impressive parading through town with your racist militia while carrying a civilian firearm, but so be it.

According to David Hemenway, who led a Harvard study of self-defense gun use, “The average person has basically no chance in their lifetime ever to use a gun in self-defense.”

Ninety percent of Americans support background checks for gun purchases; and moderate, common-sense regulations do not threaten anyone’s freedom to own a firearm.

However, the freedom to study certain subjects in school, the freedom to have one’s vote counted, and women’s freedom to control their own bodies are now under attack by the same people who shout “freedom, freedom, freedom!” any time someone suggests that blindly selling weapons of war to the general public might not be a good idea.

David A. Sorensen

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