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Posted at 7:22 PM ET, 08/ 6/2010

A columnist shoots and misses on guns

By editors

By Scott Bradford
South Riding

Columnist Courtland Milloy’s anti-gun screed was as inaccurate as it was unfair [“This gun safety stuff is a piece of cake,” Metro, Aug. 4].

Perhaps if he had paid attention in his safety class instead of nitpicking about the crime examples or lambasting his instructor for once innocuously dropping a part of a gun, he might have learned some useful facts.

Like, for example, step two in getting a concealed-carry permit is not to move to Virginia, since Virginia will issue permits to nonresidents. Or that violent crime can occur in restaurants just as easily as it can occur on the street or in a bank. Or that almost every mass shooting in the United States over the past 20 years happened in places where guns are prohibited (i.e., where the law-abiding victims had no means of defense).

Or that his home state of Maryland, with its draconian gun laws, has a violent crime rate approximately 245 percent higher than Virginia’s. Perhaps Mr. Milloy really should consider moving across the river, where the government still trusts the people to secure their own safety. As the old saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

By editors  | August 6, 2010; 7:22 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, Virginia, guns  
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I've always wondered how 13 colonies won a war against the English empire? Did they fight them with bananas? Where are those little colonies now?.. I think the world would be a safer place if we all listned to Kraftwerk, and could fight crime with fresh fruit. But I don't think "the bad guys" play fair. They'd use brass knuckles, and other objects that could harm and kill someone. Thats why we call them crminals. Because they comit "crime." Only those "wondersticks" that the people in the early colony used to hunt and for self-defence are an effective tool, against "bad people." As a deterant... and as something cool 2 look @.

Posted by: ReddStripe | August 6, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

How come when we read or hear the news every day, we don't ever hear, "and so and so pulled their gun out of their purse and/or jacket and prevented a violent crime" ? I hear of crimes committed with guns but I never hear of a gun saving anybody. With the NRA's clout why isn't it getting all the heroic acts of gun carriers in the news ?

Posted by: Falmouth1 | August 9, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse - The first place to go for last resort training, because the police cannot be everywhere at once!

Posted by: Pourshot | August 12, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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