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Letter: CdA gun rally appalling

In a letter to the Coeur d'Alene Press editor, Patty Strub of Coeur d'Alene writes:

I was appalled to read about the gun rally to eliminate the concealed weapon permit. The organizer says, “Criminals do not obey laws or obtain permits. Law abiding citizens should not be burdened with an unnecessary permitting process which has no effect on criminal activity.” Where is the research that backs up this claim that the permitting process is unnecessary and has no effect on criminal activity? This statement is not only illogical, but also false as Greg Sargent details in his well researched article in the Washington Times. There is a common fallacy that a more heavily armed populace will make us safer. This is not true. According to the World Health Organization data, “Among the 27 developed countries, there was a significant positive correlation between guns per capita per country and the rate of firearm-related deaths. However, there was no significant correlation between guns per capita per country and crime rate." More here.

Question: Do you believe more guns mean more safety in this country?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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