Las Vegas Sun

October 17, 2017

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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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