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The recent robbery attempt at that Madera pharmacy on Almond Avenue is a perfect example of crime involving firearms. A couple of repeat criminals employ deadly force in their attempt at robbing the pharmacy. The business owner was prepared and resolved the manner in a few brief seconds. The law enforcement agencies, after the fact, arrested a second robber and are looking at a possible third.

Lately, statistics have been thrown around about U.S. violence, gun ownership, and a need for additional laws. However, let’s examine the situation in Chicago and Illinois. Both have extreme gun laws, several of which have been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court for being unconstitutional. Yet, Chicago is a hotbed of crime and many gun-related crimes, while Illinois in general enjoys a well regulated militia which owns millions of firearms of all types, with little crime at all, and little of that involving firearms. Those law-abiding citizens use their firearms for hunting, target shooting, and other lawful purposes.

The law abiding firearms owners should not be lumped together with the criminals. Let’s further examine the statistics, and pump up the laws on the actual perpetrators. Or even let’s just enforce the laws we already have, and stop the catch-and-release programs we appear to have today for criminals. It’s their fault, not that of the firearms.

Jerry Kazynski,


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