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Published: Sunday, March 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Ban mass child killing assault weapons from general circulation? Sounds good to me. Stop the slaughter!

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

I am used to letters-to-the-editor in this newspaper containing distortions of the truth and outright lies, but his letter absolutely takes the cake.

The letter writer's assertion that public firearms confiscations have occurred anywhere, or that President Obama supports future confiscations, is beyond absurd.

It reveals how disconnected from reality a significant portion of the population has become.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Express your opinion. But don't just make stuff up. This is black helicopter stuff.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

The DNews regularly exercises editorial control on comments that "cross the line". It's about time they do the same for letters. This entry so far stretches the bounds of "truth" that it totally erases the line between fact and fiction. Who approved it?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

All right russel I would like to see some evidance to support either of your claims about Obama . There are "scare tactics" then there are lies., which one is your claims?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

If guns didn't exist, home invaders would probably use axes, knives or baseball bats. Since guns do exist home invaders are quite likely to be incapicated or killed before they can do the individual or family harm.

If guns didn't exist, people who attack schools would use swords or knives as they do in China, or they would throw acid in the face of girls why try to attend school or use bombs as they do in the middle east.

In America, if guns didn't exist, what would people use? Run cars into crowds of people? stab people with knives? Hack people with swords? Beat people to death with base ball bats?

Who knows?

What is known is that a gun is an equalizer, allowing even the weakest woman or even child to successfully defend themselves against a stronger experienced brutal attacker. Take guns away and this puts weaker people and all people at greater risk.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Guns can indeed make a family or a person safer, but for this to happen, people need to learn and follow the rules of gun safety. Doing this is not hard, but you need to do it.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

I still don't know how you all read the words "expanded background checks" or "background checks on all purchases" and think access to guns will be completely removed. That doesn't make any sense unless you're someone who would fail a background check...

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@cjb
"If guns didn't exist, people who attack schools would use swords or knives as they do in China"

The same day as Newtown someone in China did go into a school and stab 20ish kids around the same age in China. All of them survived.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Merciful goodness. One more poor soul duped by the NRA's nonsense and fear mongering.

Henderson
Orem, UT

I agree w/this letter writer.

We should eliminate all laws, rules, and regulations on guns.

And for that matter, everything.

No more speed limits, no more divers' licenses, no more drinking or smoking laws, no more laws against child labor, no more laws against slavery or cruel and unusual punishments, and no more 40 hr work week. In fact, lets cut all police departments and privatize them.

Then, anyone and everyone could buy bazookas, machine guns, and nukes. Any rules against this will result in allowing on the crazy people to get them. Do you and your children really want to be caught flat footed?

Then, we can give more oil and gas subsidizes and tax cuts to the very rich.

Awwwww what a paradise we shall live in!!!

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Responsible newspapers do not spread unfounded fear and hyteria, even on their editorial pages.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

How about we develop a defensive weapon that would immobilize an attacker but not do no permanent harm. Such as a weapon that fired a stun agent as a projectile, a gas, or a beam of electrons. Further, the active agent of the stun would have a distinctive marker in it to identify the gun and it’s owner.

I don’t know how, just do it.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re Atl134

How many people in Iraq survive when bombs are used to blow up people? How many people here would survive if the criminally insane used cars to mow down groups of school children? How many of those Chinese kids would have survived if the attacker really had wanted to kill those kids? They got lucky this time. There are plenty of Chinese kids who have been killed in school attacks. Google it.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

I suppose a lot of gun confiscations have taken place--from criminals. After all, as gun lovers know, guns don't kill people, criminals do. Not wanting guns to be blamed for so many deaths, I would think defenders of the 2nd Amendment would be the first to support gun confiscations from criminals.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

cjb,
"How many people in Iraq survive when bombs are used to blow up people?"

You are taking that argument to absurd lengths. Bombs kill our troops in Iraq. Our troops have guns. Lots of them. Big ones, too.

What was your point?

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

While I support the second amendment, we already have way too much of the emotional & sensational in this issue. I hope that we can stop demonizing one another and be more sensible (versus polarizing) about the issues our nation faces, but I'm afraid that is a tall order indeed.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

And by the way, the things the author states are indeed documented and occurred, whether you choose to believe them or not. Newsflash, but the mostly-liberal leaning media usually ignores these types of stories (shocker!)

George
Bronx, NY

@cool cat
all right cool cat if they happened and are documented then please provide evidence to support the claims the author makes about president Obama in chicago and to his fellow democrats. Surely if they are documented it will be no problem for you tell tell us where, right?

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

@Cool Cat Cosmo

You are absolutely wrong. It is perfectly legal to own an assault weapon in California if you owned it before passage of the Roberi-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 and it is registered. Lawfully registered guns have NOT been confiscated in California.

@DN Most newspapers do not publish letters that contain obvious verifiable inaccuracies like this. Perhaps you should consider subscribing to those standards.

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