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Reader's View: There’s evidence aplenty that gun control works

Only in our country do we allow easy purchases of guns, and only in the U.S. do we contend with an avalanche of gun deaths.

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On the News Tribune's June 24 Opinion page, an unsupported claim was made by legislative candidate Allan Kehr that there is "no evidence that gun control works.” (His “Candidate’s View” column was headlined, “‘ More laws are seldom the answer’ .”)

Hm, if only there were other countries which tried a different approach to regulating guns that we could compare against our own high levels of gun violence. Well, there's Canada right next door and practically every European country, all of which regulate guns tightly. And, surprise, surprise, they all have much less gun violence than the U.S. Only in our country do we allow easy purchases of guns, and only in the U.S. do we contend with an avalanche of gun deaths. The University of Washington School of Medicine, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and many other sources support these conclusions. Does candidate Kehr accept that evidence?

Andrew Streitz

Duluth

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