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Letters to the editor, May 13

ELECTION LETTERS

The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 27 primary runoff elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Primary runoff election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15; none will be published after Tuesday, May 20.

 

Firearms for self-defense

In Mary Sanchez’s column [DRC, May 2], she admits that violent crime is down but does not want to admit that one major reason is that more people are using guns to defend themselves and more crooks are afraid of this. Why not enforce existing laws?

Second, why do so many anti-gun people insist that the only legitimate use of firearms is hunting (and they deplore hunting), when the Founding Fathers, notably Jefferson, insisted that firearms were in large part for self-defense, notably against an overly controlling government?

Registration of firearms has proved often enough to be a prelude to seizure, as witness Nazi Germany, Britain and Australia. This, obviously, is also the intent of Americans who want gun registration.

Joe V. Ratliff,

Denton