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Letter: A courageous stand

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  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    May 3, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Speaking of well-respected opinions, remember Paul Harvey? He was a radio commentator who had a daily news and commentary show followed faithfully by millions and millions of listeners. If you want to read what he had to say about gun control, google "Paul Harvey gun control facts".

    After you read his message on the results of 20th Century gun control, who has historically implemented gun control, and what resulted in that gun control, then you come back here and post your honest response about gun control.

    Gun control to keep guns inaccessible to the criminal is just a dream, and will only infringe upon the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

    I do concede that MUCH more needs to be implemented to identify and help the mentally unstable members of our society, and our youth, . . . who are so easily influenced by the media, . . .who then lash out violently, be that with guns or with knives or with rocks.

    Paul Harvey also gives about a dozen reasons why our society is in such turmoil, and why so many turn to violence. Our violent society did not come about because of guns.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    May 2, 2012 8:02 p.m.

    The Eyres are probably sincere in their desire to help us all improve in the way we handle challenges, parenting and other aspects of life, but they are way off base in thinking "gun control" will help. A population of individuals with better self-control would help, and that is the real issue.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 2, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Gun control is not an answer to gun violence? Are you kidding me? Of course it is. It may not be the only response, but it is important. That's like saying, let's make pornography available to all so it cuts down on the problems associated with pornography. Duh!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    The murder rate today has fallen to half of what it was at its peak from the late seventies through the early nineties. It is actually back down to the level of 1960. Obviously any murder is one too many, but we've made remarkable progress.

    We still have quite a ways to go though, the murder rate in much of Western Europe is 75% lower than ours, although ours has always been considerably higher. It is estimated that a resident of Western Europe today has the lowest chance of dying a violent death out of all humans that have ever lived.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    May 2, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    The Eyre's have shown great courage in standing up for what is right, even though it is an unpopular cause in this State. But right is right, whether popular or not.

    The legislature believes that the best way to prevent crime is to arm every man, woman, and child in this State. This is so laughable as to be astounding. Anyone with any logic knows that societies with more guns have more violence.

    The Eyre's should be commended for taking a stand against violence. Hopefully, more will do so before we devolve into a lawless anarchy plagued by freelance gunslingers.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    May 2, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Severest? Shouldn't that be "most severe"?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 2, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    When will the words "well-regulated" become part of the discussion?

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Gun control is not the answer to gun violence, and only makes the problem worse, because it disarms the law-abiding. Yes, the Eyres called attention to a serious problem, but their recommended answer (more gun control) is exactly wrong.