Las Vegas Sun

November 24, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

Add gun controls, not more prisons

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I feel it necessary to respond to a letter from Arthur Cesare in Thursday’s Sun, “A new suggestion for gun control.” He recommends that all people over 12 who commit a crime with a firearm be sent to federal prison for life. Does he realize that we already have a massive problem with overcrowded prisons?

Adding to them would only require new facilities to be built. Where would additional funding come from? The wealthiest don’t want their taxes raised, so it’s the remaining middle class and poor who would be affected. Cutting even more social programs certainly isn’t the answer.

According to the government, the cost of housing just one prisoner is more than $22,632 a year and rising. The answer: stricter gun controls in retail outlets and gun shows.

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