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The NRA's belief that more guns make a safer society is insanity

The NRA's belief that more guns make a safer society is insanity

To the editor: As a separate article by columnist George Skelton points out, the U.S. has “4.5% of the world's population but 41.5% of its civilian-owned firearms.” At the same time, we're seeing the use of lethal force by our police officers rightly coming under intense public scrutiny; and these are arguably the most responsible, highly trained and thoroughly screened bearers of arms.

The idea of putting more guns in the hands of more people as a strategy to combat the carnage wrought by firearms seems like the very definition of madness. Like children acting out a scene from a TV western, it's easy to imagine scenarios where having a gun can save...

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