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Published: Sunday, March 17 2013 10:05 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

And to think here in Utah we want fewer gun restrictions?

Heaven help us!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wanting fewer gun restrictions has nothing to do with career criminals like this guy having a gun.

Note it was a sawed off shotgun (already illegal for anyone to have), and the guy was a convicted felon and prohibited from ever purchasing or possessing ANY type of gun or ammunition. And, he just got out of jail a couple of days before.

There are plenty of gun laws on the books, and this case just proves that none of them prevent criminals from arming themselves if they want to. But, the gun laws do make it harder for law abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves. And, fewer armed citizens makes it for less dangerous working conditions for the career criminals.

Tooele, UT

Re: "And to think here in Utah we want fewer gun restrictions?"

Yeah, we do.

This incident shows why.

The individual involved was already restricted by law from possessing the gun he used. He was already restricted from pointing it at a police officer. He was already restricted from running away and resisting arrest.

In other words, since laws are simply not important to him, no new law could possibly affect his behavior in the slightest. Only that of the rest of us.

Why, then, the shrill liberals demands that we be denied the tools to respond to the acts of people like him? Particularly in the face of proof positive -- like this case and thousands more like it -- that criminals will continue predations against us until confronted by an armed citizen?

Note that it was only AFTER being confronted by an armed responder that this malefactor threw down his weapon and ran away. The happy ending was procured by force of arms.

NOT by being restricted.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Just a happy Utah gun owner openly carrying.

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, one old man -- which is why it is a good thing that a good guy was nearby who also was openly carrying.

The Real Maverick

"And to think here in Utah we want fewer gun restrictions?"

Obviously you missed the point. "Gun restrictions" didn't "restrict" this criminal from carrying a gun, did it.

Hence the value of allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

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