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Guns to crashes is apples, oranges

Published 10:28am Friday, January 4, 2013

In a recent letter to the editor, an individual mentioned that he should have the right to own a weapon of mass destruction. In his article he compared the number of casualties we have in car accidents to people getting murdered. This is like comparing apples to oranges. One happens by accident and the other happens on purpose.

Common sense tells you that you can’t compare accidents to on purposes. He also talked about Second Amendment rights. When our forefathers wrote this Second Amendment, all they had at that time were single-shot black powder guns. If they would have had 30-plus-round clips, etc., at that time, I think they would have thought differently. If you were to look at who is one of the biggest contributors to the Republican Party, you would find the firearms companies. You can just imagine how much money they would lose if it became a law that they couldn’t sell any more weapons of mass destruction.

If you stop and think how much the firearms companies made during the Iraq War, it makes you wander who promoted that war. We should never get involved again in any more conflicts unless it is approved by NATO. If all the countries don’t agree on getting involved, then stay out. Germany and France didn’t want anything to do with invading Iraq, but we went ahead and did anyway and look what it cost us. All you have to do is follow the money trail and then you will be able to see who is actually running this country.


Wayne Thorson

Albert Lea

  1. Scott Bute

    Wayne, you have a few things wrong. First, when our forefathers wrote the Second Amendment, it had nothing to do with what type of weapons one uses. It had everything to do with the right of the citizenry to protect themselves, even against tyranny in goverment.
    Secondly, the firearms industry has had and continues to have it’s greatest boon in American history under Obama and the Democrats! They always have their best sales under administrations who lean heavily towards gun control.
    I agree with you that we should have stayed out of Iraq but I fail to see how our involvement in Iraq spurred gun sales. What spurs gun sales is politicians who threaten to take away the rights of law abiding citizens to own firearms.