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Stronger Gun Laws

March 23, 1993

To believe that stronger gun-control laws will protect law enforcement officers is simply untrue.

The truth about gun-control laws is that they do not work because they are directed at a class of individuals inclined not to obey any laws--in short, criminals.

Criminals know that with a 14-day waiting period and background check, they are not likely to be able to purchase a gun legally. Second, criminals know that just like with illegal drugs, there will always be an adequate supply (for a price) to meet their demand. And third, a criminal desiring to purchase a gun is not likely to want to wait very long, and certainly not 14 days. In short, to pursue stricter gun-control laws in light of such a reality is and will continue to be an exercise in futility.

And taking this position naturally begs the question of what to do in the absence of stricter gun-control laws. How about stiffening the penalties for the illegal use of guns and then giving the law enforcement agencies the personnel they need to enforce those laws?

ORIN L. RYSSMAN

Westminster

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