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Reader's view: Gun-control advocates won't look at the facts

An event was held Jan. 13 at Peace United Church of Christ "to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and to call for action to end gun violence," as it was billed. The sponsors of the event, Protect Minnesota and the Brady Campa...

An event was held Jan. 13 at Peace United Church of Christ "to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and to call for action to end gun violence," as it was billed. The sponsors of the event, Protect Minnesota and the Brady Campaign, seem to me to be part of a small minority that doesn't even have facts on their side, yet they can really create a lot of nice publicity for themselves.

Mark Rubin, St. Louis County attorney, was quoted in the News Tribune story the next day, espousing "to commit to working together -- not just with those with whom we agree -- but with those who have different perspectives than we do" ("Duluth vigil pushes for action against gun violence," Jan. 14). And Daniel Fanning, representing Mayor Don Ness (as the mayor was not able to attend) was quoted, saying, "This conversation has to continue."

What? Working together? What conversation? They sure could not have been speaking about what happened at this event. I went to the event to hand out information from the pro-gun perspective. I was told by an event organizer that I could not hand out my information. She said, "This is our event." I quietly left.

I am shocked at just how many people have an opinion but have little or no factual information. Worse still, there are many people who have chosen to believe that which isn't true.

I want what the anti-gunners say they want: peace and safety. But it is a proven fact that gun control does not work and will lead to higher crime rates.

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Allan Kehr

Duluth

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