Border gun checks

In this March 27, 2006, file photo, a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen at the Seattle Police headquarters in Seattle. In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department says gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Ted S. Warren, AP file photo

It’s pathetic that the anti-gun folks feel the need to misconstrue the facts in order to further their agendas. If indeed the Martin/Zimmerman tragedy had happened the way Ellen B. Davis stated (“Do we want to live in a state where aggressive people are free to use guns?,” AFN, July 19) Mr. Zimmerman would have been convicted. End of story. Fortunately, the justice system worked.

Ms. Davis also stated that the stand your ground law is even more dangerous in Arizona because people can carry a concealed firearm and that violent persons are allowed to carry. In reality, persons in Arizona convicted of a felony cannot lawfully have a gun.

In truth, the stand your ground and self-defense laws are designed for law-abiding citizens to be able to protect and defend themselves and their families. Look no further than the failed experiment called Chicago. The city with the most restrictive gun laws has the highest murder rate in the country. Go figure. I haven’t heard a good explanation on that stat.

What doesn’t make the news or stats is that guns also SAVE lives, often times without even pulling the trigger (I challenge Ms. Davis and others to pick up a copy of America’s 1st Freedom and turn to the Armed Citizen page).

The enforcement of the thousands of laws already on the books concerning firearms and criminals would keep us all safer, and they could start in Chicago. Disarming your law-abiding neighbors who may possibly be the one who saves your life someday doesn’t make any sense.

Mona Brilz

(2) comments

Chet

Starting off with an insult isn't a very good way to change people's minds, but it does tells us so much about your upbringing.

Your poor writing skills further inform the reader.

Telling us to check an NRA publication for facts is pretty funny, good one! Thanks for the laugh. The NRA is a lobbying organization, they only tell one side of the story.

The rest of your rant is just regurgitated talking points. If you don't understand the issues in Chicago it's because you haven't actually done any research of your own. Bragging about your own ignorance isn't helping your cause.

I enjoy spirited debate, I want to hear all sides of an issue, but you gun kooks are becoming tiresome.

blbrinkley

I hope the AFN publishes my response letter. There have been two gun rights supporter comments published on Ellen's piece. Hopefully the balance can be thoughtfully redressed by showing how uninformed and misinformed this AFN reader is.

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