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December 17, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Guns warrant introspection

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Las Vegas’ 19 homicides so far in 2013 exceeds Chicago’s 44 on a per-capita basis. Sheriff Doug Gillespie is correct in saying that the totality of violence in Las Vegas is a major concern.

Gun owners should do an honest self-evaluation of their behavior under the most stressful and unexpected circumstances. If they don’t have 100 percent control of their emotions and understand the legal justification of using a gun, they should not own a gun or have access to one.

I would also question if a shootout is justified because someone wants to steal your Rolex watch. For the safety of society, your family and the gun owner — if he or she doesn’t want to risk spending the rest of their life in prison — it would be prudent to avoid guns if you cannot satisfy this self-evaluation.

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  1. Owning a gun made me paranoid, so I got rid of it. I have been fear free, with no need of a gun for many decades.

    I agree with you completely.

  2. What, exactly, is there to agree with? It's a silly letter and doesn't make any attempt to evaluate just who is doing most of the kiling. It's minorities & gangs, stupid! The lowest of the low class is responsible for most of the murders and random violence, so why demonize honest & responsible gun owners who take no part in the mayhem? Just more poppycock from the left who refuse to see where the trouble really lies!

  3. Just do the same thing Vice President Joe Biden recommended to his wife. Buy a 2 barrel shotgun with 2 rounds. Stand on the balcony. When the intruder comes close, cock the rifle and shoot off 2 warning rounds [the limit of a shutgun]. As Vice President Biden told his wife that will scare the home intruder and attacker away. Say it ain't so Joe! Democratic Presidential candidate in 2016? Say it ain't so Joe!

    CarmineD

  4. Know thyself I guess is the theme of this letter. Having a gun for protection can sometimes lead to unintended consequences. These include:

    Misuse of the gun in a a family quarrel.
    Misuse of the gun to resolve a neighborhood dispute.
    Unintended access to the weapon by a child living in or visiting the home.
    Accidental discharge of the weapon.

  5. "I would also question if a shootout is justified because someone wants to steal your Rolex watch. For the safety of society, your family and the gun owner -- if he or she doesn't want to risk spending the rest of their life in prison -- it would be prudent to avoid guns if you cannot satisfy this self-evaluation."

    Schmid -- I see you didn't say you actually had your Rolex stolen. We all have certain freedoms protected by our Constitutions. Fortunately for the rest of us, just because you can't handle yours doesn't mean you get to choose for anyone else.

    "What about home intruders?"

    RefNV -- excellent reminders! Having been in the situation of actually dealing with a violent home intruder, I can affirm opining in the comfort and isolation of this forum and facing the real thing are two completely different things. It was a life-changing experience. That's why my home has been protected ever since.

    "Buy a 2 barrel shotgun with 2 rounds. Stand on the balcony. When the intruder comes close, cock the rifle and shoot off 2 warning rounds [the limit of a shutgun]."

    CarmineD -- you lacked caffeine before you posted this, no? Or you don't know anything about "shutguns."

    "Having a gun for protection can sometimes lead to unintended consequences. . . . ."

    pisces -- actually good advice. As I mentioned above to the writer, some people just can't handle their freedoms.

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- attributed to Benjamin Franklin

  6. SgtRock: I've heard it before: The pro-gun violence people argue that the licensing and regulation of cars and drivers hasn't eliminated deaths in auto accidents, so why should we try to stop gun-related violence by licensing or regulating guns and shooters.

    Wrong. It's not only a widespread simile, it's also a totally invalid one.

    Guns (or people using guns) kill people. I agree. Cars, (or people driving cars) kill people. Again, I agree. The difference is that the shooters are CORRECTLY using guns for their originally designed purpose - to kill people and break things. By using a gun to kill people (others or yourself) or to break things you are using it for its specifically designed purpose. When people use cars in a manner that kills people (themselves or others) they are INCORRECTLY using cars for other than their specifically designed purpose - to safely and quickly move people or things from one place to another.

  7. Gun nuts would have us believe that some of us are automatons. It's crazy to deny our human condition. The humane thing to do is an assault weapons ban and limiting the capacity of ammunition clips.

  8. "We really don't need guns...."

    airweare -- not as long as we have vacuum cleaners! Check it out @ http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb...

    "Hell is other people." -- Jean-Paul Sartre from his 1944 play "No Exit"

  9. "CarmineD -- you lacked caffeine before you posted this, no? Or you don't know anything about "shutguns." @ Killer B

    It was sarcasm. I was quoting the illustrious VP almost verbatim. He doesn't know anything about shotguns [and a host of other topics] not me.

    CarmineD

  10. Here's the "clip."

    http://www.examiner.com/article/joe-bide...

    CarmineD

  11. "Thanks for kick in pants..."

    airweare -- not meant as a kick, more like a nudge. And I disagree with you about all that despair, etc. Vegas hardly has a monopoly. It's everywhere. Well, maybe not Seattle.

    "It was sarcasm. I was quoting the illustrious VP almost verbatim. He doesn't know anything about shotguns [and a host of other topics] not me."

    CarmineD -- oh, and touche~ Then our VP continues to show what a clueless buffoon he really is.

    "After the coffee things ain't so bad." -- Henry Herbert Knibbs, cowboy poet, d. 1945

  12. "CarmineD -- oh, and touche~ Then our VP continues to show what a clueless buffoon he really is." Killer B

    Biden's on the short list for Democratic President in 2016! Heaven help us. The Peter Principle is alive and well and at work with Senator Biden, VP Biden and in 2016...candidate for President Biden?

    CarmineD

  13. Don't get me wrong. Biden is a nice guy. Terrific for the Senate. But President? No. Never. Please, never ever!

    CarmineD

  14. To deny that you would not point a gun at lesser circumstances would be unbelieveable at best. We have serial killing police officers in our very town for God sake.