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This letter is in reference to Jerry Moore’s recent article regarding gun control. While I respect his anti-gun opinion, let’s look at some of his statements.

“Why would anyone oppose measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands?” I challenge him to show me five law-abiding citizens who oppose that. We as gun owners just don’t agree with his and Mr. Cuomo’s opinion on how to do that.

“We have never enacted laws like this on the widest scale possible, so how do we know they won’t work?” Good point. But how does he know they will work? Does he have a crystal ball?

“Many gun enthusiasts aren’t pushing to keep their guns to preserve freedom. They just want to hang on to the guns themselves.” Please, Mr. Moore, accept my personal invitation to join me in attending a meeting of The Friends of the Second Amendment.

Mr. Moore dedicated much space in his column to citing information from the book “America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose.” By definition, as cited in The American Heritage Dictionary, theology is “the study of the nature of God and religious truths.” I’m sorry, but I for one do not accept any man’s opinion of what God said or didn’t say or meant to say about the right for Americans to own guns as gospel unless the title of that book reads “Holy Bible.”

Mr. Moore stated: “If people want to possess lethal weapons, they should have to jump through big hoops.” Of course he is referring to guns only. But from 2007 through 2011, there were 1,794 people murdered per year in the United States with knives, 584 per year murdered with blunt instruments and 812 per year with personal weapons, i.e. hands, feet, fist. (These figures are from the FBI website). As people were murdered with these weapons, everyone, including Mr. Moore, must agree that they are lethal weapons. I have to assume that because he is all about saving lives that he wants to regulate them as well, or are these victims not important because they don’t fit his agenda?

Last but not least, he stated, “People should have to go through rigorous training and testing before they are given a gun and they should have to renew gun licenses and registrations every few years. We do this with cars to ensure that people operate them safely.” Really? In 2012 there were 294,757 highway crashes in New York. Of these, 123,296 were non-fatal personal injury crashes (in other words people got hurt). However, in 1,082 highway crashes in New York in 2012, someone died. That rigorous training and testing he refers to doesn’t seem to be working all that well. By the way, I wonder, when was the last time he took a driving test?

I would ask that in future articles Mr. Moore deal more with accurate facts. We all know the old adage about opinions.

Allen Merrill

Croghan

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