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There’s just one question to consider with gun legislation: How to save lives

The gun industry is only interested in profits and has no problem with the tens of thousands of American gun deaths annually.

A worker shows guns to a customer at a gun shop. Saving the profits of the gun industry is clearly columnist Jacob Sullum’s goal, a reader writes.
A worker shows guns to a customer at a gun shop. Saving the profits of the gun industry is clearly columnist Jacob Sullum’s goal, a reader writes.
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The truth has finally been stated plainly: Jacob Sullum is more concerned about the profits of the gun industry than he is about the tens of thousands of Americans who are killed with a gun every year. After years of gun columns that could have been written by an NRA intern, Sullum writes in his Feb. 18 column that Biden gun proposals would “threaten the viability of the industry” that allows him, and others, to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

This morally vacant admission by Sullum is not supported by any facts whatsoever. Instead, Sullum again recycles gun lobby talking points and rhetorical scare tactics, which are all irrelevant to the only questions that need to be answered by anyone considering gun legislation in America: 1) Are 30,000+ preventable gun deaths annually acceptable? and 2) If not, what do you propose to reduce this number?

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President Biden and the Democratic Party will not accept the terrible loss of life and other incalculable costs gun deaths incur on American families and communities. They want to save as many lives as possible while still allowing Americans to safely exercise their right to own firearms.

The gun industry is interested only in profits and has no problem with the tens of thousands of American gun deaths annually.

Barry C. Owen, Lakeview

About those statues...

Now statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are under review by the city as “controversial.” Rather than giving a long tutorial — as that would be futile and akin to debating gravity — I’ll put it this way: We’re idiots. The enemy is us.

William Choslovsky, Sheffield Neighbors

Adam Kinzinger’s family

Rep. Kinzinger, you are welcome to our house anytime, to sit around our table and converse.

Your relatives, obviously, put their political views before love of family. If you were my son or nephew or cousin, I would be so proud of your courage and your convictions.

Keep up with what you believe in, now and in the future. You’re one outstanding human!

Fanchon Simons, Old Town