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Reader's view: Don't equate law-abiding gun owners with criminals

I read the Aug. 24 letter, "Guns don't belong in our national parks," which stated, "One man carried a loaded gun in a holster at a town hall meeting where the president was speaking." Untrue. The citizen referred to was standing outside the venu...

I read the Aug. 24 letter, "Guns don't belong in our national parks," which stated, "One man carried a loaded gun in a holster at a town hall meeting where the president was speaking." Untrue. The citizen referred to was standing outside the venue at which the meeting was to be held. This citizen also informed local law enforcement he would be there, exercising his rights. The Secret Service didn't view him as a threat nor did the local agency.

Also, the letter's assertion that "law-abiding citizens with permits to carry have contributed to the carnage in our country in three of the mass shootings last spring and in the more recent Pittsburgh gym shooting" was ridiculous, to put it mildly. I have seen no evidence the perpetrator of the Pittsburgh shootings had a permit to carry. The state of Florida, which has issued permits since 1987, has revoked only 0.01 percent of them due to gun crimes by permit-holders. Suggesting law-abiding citizens who have gone through the classes and met the requirements to carry legally are on the same level as criminals was an insult to those people.

Finally, a quick Google search will find the Brady Campaign and Handgun Control Inc. are well known for falsehoods, hyperbole and playing on the fears of the population. The letter writer was identified as president of the Minnesota Million Mom chapters of the Brady Campaign and as a board member of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. For any member of those organizations to cry foul is hypocritical, in my opinion. The writer's own words were a textbook example.

Zachary Vrooman

Superior

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