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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: More gun laws, more killings

  • In his book “Final Solutions” (Cornell University Press), Benjamin A. Valentino considers a wide range of estimates of the 20th-Century body count of mass killings or genocides by government. He settles on a most likely range of 60 to 150 million people.
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  • To the editor:
    In his book "Final Solutions" (Cornell University Press), Benjamin A. Valentino considers a wide range of estimates of the 20th-Century body count of mass killings or genocides by government. He settles on a most likely range of 60 to 150 million people.
    Aaron Zelman and Richard W. Stevens (no relation) relate instances of genocide to the evolution of firearms law. In their book "Death by Gun Control" (Mazel Freedom Press Inc.) they conclude that restrictive firearms laws are a virtual prerequisite to genocide, it being generally easier to kill people who don't shoot back.
    It has become almost like clockwork for a madman to kill a number of people, followed by propagandists clamoring in the media for ever more restrictive firearms laws here in the U.S.A.
    An example appears as a letter to the editor of the Leavenworth Times on Jan. 3. Leaving aside the nonsense and erroneous material contained therein, the central recommendation of the propagandist is to register and license firearm owners and firearms.
    Those steps would be blinding violations of the supreme law embodied in the Constitution of the U.S.A.
    Furthermore, the scholarship on the matter shows that they would aggravate our difficulty by leaving more citizens defenseless in the face of thugs with blood in their eye. And, guess what? The thugs of course ignore the law.
    But that is not the end. Such nonsense would move us closer to the possibility of genocide. Registration makes confiscation easier. Do you want to add the 21st Century genocide body count? Further steps down that road are foolhardy in the extreme.

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