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Thank
you for the Jan. 23 editorial, “Making sense of Tucson.” Despite the deluge of news and comment following the tragic shooting, I had yet to read or hear a single reference to what I believe Americans call “the elephant in the room,” namely the link between gun ownership and gun violence. One would think that even the dumbest gun rights supporter could notice that countries with the most lax gun laws suffer the greatest number of shooting deaths. In contrast, countries with strict gun control laws, such as Britain and Japan, have the fewest.

It’s simple really, but obviously logic plays very little part in rightwing politics. It seems that, in America, the treasured “freedom” to buy weapons and unlimited ammunition, trumps the right of others to live without fear of being shot dead.

ivor paul

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