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Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 11:32 p.m. MDT

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Beverly
Eden, UT

It is worth noting that trained law enforcement officers have accidents with firearms. Stop and think about the NRA's motto of pushing firearms as defensive weapons for average citizens. The Second Amendment protects our right to have a firearm, but common sense dictates that training and safety are critical. If the law enforcement officers have accidental shootings - when they are trained and retrained on gun safety - what would happen if untrained school teachers, mall clerks, and others were handling firearms on a regular basis? Guns are dangerous and are often used to kill family members. Please use common sense when it comes to guns, particularly when it comes to Assault Rifles and large capacity magazines.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Beverly makes some good points, but the unstated implication is "therefore individuals should not be allowed to have legal self defense weapons."

This is a matter of individual rights and responsibilities. No one should be denied the right to defend themselves with whatever tools they deem appropriate.

However, they also need to remember that they are responsible if their self defense efforts injure others. That is balanced by the fact that in a large percentage (some say majority) of cases, bad guys cease their criminal attacks and run away when they discover an intended victim is armed, and no shots are fired. Also, it is better to avoid dangerous situations. Private citizens are not amateur cops chasing down bad guys, and are only authorized to defend themselves or others.

Hope the self-shot cop makes a full recovery soon. He got hurt while training to protect and serve us, so we owe him our thanks.

OlderGreg
USA, CA

"..deputy was shot by his own weapon.."??? There it is again: one of those horrible evil hunks of metal going on yet another rampage *sarcasm*.

How about an editing fix? I would suggest replacing "by" with "with" -- and change "someone else's" to "someone else"

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