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Voice: Gun in home dangers exaggerated

May 30, 2001

"Happiness is a warm gun!"

"One in four homes keep firearms — and about 30 million are loaded and unlocked" read the headlines of an article written by a reporter out of Los Angeles recently.

So why aren't there some 30 million deaths each year in America if loaded unlocked guns are so dangerous? Let's see, if only 1 percent of these loaded and unlocked firearms killed someone, that would be 300,000 deaths!

Have I missed this figure in the news? Do you see the whole picture now? The citizen disarmers like senators Boxer, Feinstein, Kennedy, Kerry, Schumer and Clinton will disarm all Americans, based upon the criminal or accidental misuse of less than 1/10 of 1 percent of all firearms! Ninety-nine percent lawful use of all firearms is not good enough for these radical left-wing extremists!

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A telling absence in the "Happiness is a Warm Gun" article was the fact that the writer never mentioned the book "More Guns, Less Crime" by John Lott. It is one of the most in-depth books on guns and crime and yet there is silence from the writer about this book. Why? Well, you know the answer.

A favor of the folks of El Centro: If you have any "spare warmth" out there in El Centro, could you ship it up here to Massachusetts? We had three days of "Al Gore's global warming," then we had frosts that destroyed the apple crop. The furnace is set for 60 degrees in the house and it is still comes on at times.

Who is making all the money from energy shortages and cold weather? The very people who own the stocks of those big oil and electric companies in America — the Rockefeller, Kennedy and Kerry families, good Democrats one and all.

If these wealthy Democrats really cared about people, wouldn't they sell off their stocks and give the money to the needy people? Don't hold your breath waiting.

DON SCHWARZ

Stoughton, Mass.

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