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Slow down carnage

To the Editor:

In response to the letter from Mr. Ed Sapeta (Dec. 27) to repeal the Second Amendment, Thomas Jefferson also said, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

Diane Feinstein wants to ban guns, yet she has a conceal-carry permit. Michael Bloomberg has the same idea, but he has paid armed guards, as do all the anti-gun mayors and governors. The vast majority of the population who legally own weapons are law-abiding citizens. It’s the 1 percent of our population who are the criminals and the criminally insane. 

Why do we continue to cast a broad net when we should focus our energy on the people who are committing the crimes? Most of the violent crimes are committed by criminals with multiple offenses who are back on the street instead of in prison where they belong.

The shooter who gunned down the firefighters in New York killed his grandmother 17 years ago with a hammer. Please tell me why this man is not in prison for the rest of his life?

We have removed money for mental health and institutions for the insane. Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation and some of the weakest mental health laws in the land. Maybe it’s time to stop the chatter about more gun laws and talk about what really will slow down this carnage. Minimum mandatory sentences for crimes with a gun and more effort and money spent on mental health issues.

Gregory Walker

Lake in the Hills

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