Don't distort firearm facts


Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 11:06 p.m.

Again, The Gainesville Sun pens an anti-Second Amendment editorial (Dec. 30). This time you not only distorted facts, but you lied. If you cannot print correct information in an editorial, then how can anyone trust your paper at all?

The National Rifle Association does not try to hide gun ownership statistics. In fact, the NRA readily cites numbers of legal gun owners as a means to show that there are numerous Americans who choose to own firearms and use them responsibly.

You constantly try to equate the NRA with crime. The NRA is staunchly behind the punishment of any criminal committing crimes with guns. What the NRA does is try to limit personally identifiable information on legal gun ownership.

As far as statistics on crime are concerned, there is no attempt to hide the numbers. You can obtain those numbers from any law enforcement agency. To imply that the NRA is subverting such information is a ludicrous lie. You love to use such terms as "lapdog" when referring to pro-Second Amendment politicians and lobbyists. The Gainesville Sun and the National Research Council are obviously nothing more than lying "lapdogs" for handgun control.

I can deal with people or liberal editorialists having a different viewpoint from mine, but present accurate information in your editorials to back up your claims or do not write about it. Lies and distortions should not be part of editorial-writing policy.

James Totherow,

Gainesville

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