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Letter: That’s enough

Dr. Bruner today and others yesterday pose solutions to the symptom, not the problem. The Newton shooter took 20 minutes to shoot 26 people before the authorities showed up. He could have done this with a muzzle loaded weapon. Neither the capacity of the magazines nor the type of weapon was a factor. As David Kopel stated in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed yesterday: “People who are serious about preventing the next Newtown should embrace much greater funding for mental health, strong laws for civil commitment of the violently mentally ill—and stop kidding themselves that pretend gun-free zones will stop killers.”

Pretend gun-free zones, where only the law-abiding citizens comply, promote rather than discourage the actions of deranged shooters such as the one in Newton.

December 19, 2012 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )