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Published Sat, Jan 19, 2013 08:00 PM
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Letter: Are Feinstein, Bumber and Cuomo willing to give up their armed bodyguards?

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Gun debate needs questions answered

In consideration of what ought to be done to reduce gun violence, we would do well to ask Senators Feinstein and Schumer if the concealed firearms that they carry will be exempt from the gun control legislation that they are promoting. We could also ask Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo if their cadres of armed bodyguards will be subject to any “assault weapons” ban that may ensue. Is it proper that only a few should be allowed to protect themselves with effective means while the rest of us are not?

Instead of launching into more emotionally charged rhetoric, we could ask questions about factual information such as: What effect has the handgun ban had on crime rates in Chicago and Washington, D.C.? (Answer: the homicide rates went up in both places) Or, what was the result of enacting concealed carry laws in places like Michigan, Florida, and Texas? (Answer: the homicide rates went down)

Our national debate would be well served if we offered fewer “solutions” and instead asked more questions. Unfortunately, the ability to ask such thoughtful questions requires a level of critical thinking that is apparently beyond the reach of a large part of our population.

Jim Potts

Clayton

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