Reader's View: Pro-guns letter ignored shooting victims

Without evidence, the letter claimed President Joe Biden is doing little about the “illegal firepower pouring into our country’s wide-open southern border.”

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The Sept. 24 letter, “ Enforcement needed, not more gun laws ,” included misinformation, which decreased the value of its arguments.

For example, it claimed the AR-15 rifle was never issued to the U.S. military. That is wrong.

To justify using the AR-15 for home defense, the letter claimed the so-called “defund the police” outcry was at fault. This outcry did not come from Democrats, I do not believe. I think the so-called outcry was Republican propaganda to discredit Democrats. The Democrats’ suggestion was that, with the police having two purposes, to serve and to protect, neither was met by kneeling on a man until he died or by shooting unarmed men in their backs. Reviews were needed to determine other methods of service and protection by police departments.

Without evidence, the letter claimed President Joe Biden is doing little about the “illegal firepower pouring into our country’s wide-open southern border.” Furthermore, it suggested there is no personal information collected on immigrants. This also isn’t true. After talking with U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff in Tucson, Arizona, it is apparent to me they do their jobs.

Although it was difficult to understand the letter’s comparison with the gun-control and mass-shooting issues, it blamed Biden for the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan, ignoring that most of the negotiations with the Taliban were conducted under ex-President Donald Trump.


Of particular concern was that no consideration was shown in the letter for the victims of mass shootings. Are current laws insufficient? Are politicians listening to the people? How well are we as a society protecting our people, especially our children?

Donald E. Maypole

Lake Nebagamon

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