Opinion: We need to hold lawbreakers accountable, not ban guns

Opinion: We need to hold lawbreakers accountable, not ban guns

Buy Photo John Pepper is either intentionally lying or ignorant of the facts considering the gun numbers he uses to support his perspective of “common-sense gun legislation" in his recent guest column ( "What automobiles, tobacco and guns all have in common," April 1). His comparisons to the automobile are suspect, and he never really defines what he means by “common-sense” laws. He does reference background checks for all gun sales and indicates he is not lobbying for banning guns, then goes on to praise businesses for doing just that. Reviewing the “Murder Victims by Weapon” from 2012-2016 in FBI Uniform Crime report, about 10,000 people are murdered with firearms annually. This equates to about 27 per day, not the 50 (18,250 annually) that he states. From the same report, rifles account for 300 to 400 of those 10,000 murders. The AR-15, which the “common-sense” people want to be […]

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