, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2013

“Gun-Free Zones”

“Gun-Free Zones”

The healing process has only just begun in the wake of unconscionable horror that was visited upon the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and many opportunists have wasted no time in calling for additional gun control. Although offered with the noblest of intentions, their suggestions are sorely misguided.

There is a reason that nearly all of the recent mass murders have occurred in so-called “gun-free zones.” The victims in these designated areas are disarmed. These cowards choose not to target the local sportsman’s club or police station because once they begin their attack there would be an immediate response by armed individuals.

The solution to stopping violent criminals is not complex: allow more responsible citizens to carry weapons, anywhere and everywhere. If criminals don’t know who is ready and able to defend themselves, they are dissuaded from initiating their attack. In fact, New Hampshire enjoys the lowest violent crime rates due to a lack of any draconian regulations.

No government can ever deliver total safety despite some utopian promises by others. We should all support policies that protect personal liberty and reduce the likelihood of violent crimes from happening in “gun-free zones,” an obviously tragic misnomer.

Michael Manley


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