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    This was in the Express yesterday morning and caught my eye:
    Link: http://www.expressnightout.com/printedition/
    Tuesday, November 04 2008, pg 41.

    "Guns are not the solution

    Regarding the three youths who
    were shot Saturday in Silver
    Spring, one fatally (“Teen Fatally
    Shot on Ride On Bus in Montgomery
    County,” Nov. 3), I suppose that
    the NRA would argue that the
    youths should have been armed
    and should have fired back. Would
    the NRA argue that the bus driver
    should also have been armed and
    should have fired? Should all the
    bystanders have been armed, too,
    and used their weapons? Would
    the NRA then argue that nobody
    would have been hurt?
    —NICOLAS KOTSCHOUBEY
    Silver Spring, Md."

    Write to express: Include name, hometown, and telephone number. Submissions may be edited. E-mail to inbox@readexpress.com or mail to Express Letters, PO Box 17370, Arlington VA 22216.


    My sample response:

    Restrictive gun control legislation is not the solution

    Regarding the three youths who were shot Saturday in Silver Spring, it is a shame this happened in Maryland, where legislators still think restrictive gun control laws have an affect on violent crime, or crime in general. Gun control has no direct correlation, let alone any possible causation, with violent crime, as has been evidenced with various localities both internationally and within the US with varying gun control policies and wildly varying violent crime stats (See DC versus VA, for instance). A reasonable person would ask themselves how to best minimize the effects of the aggressor, because the current gun control and homicide laws of MD obviously did not deter the aggressor from committing the crime.

    Shall-issue carry laws, on the other hand, have not surprisingly been deemed reasonable in at least 36 states, are becoming the de facto standard across the US, and have been proven to minimize the effects of violent aggressors in situations where a carrier encounters a violent aggressor. A reasonable shall-issue firearm carry provision in MD would have given the bystanders on the bus the reasonable opportunity to save their own life or the lives of the persons around them, and would not have left the choice up to the aggressor.



    Unfortunately, I don't want to submit that with my name on it for personal and professional reasons. So, if someone would be so kind as to put their name on a similar response and email the express, I'd be much obliged.

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    Sent virtually intact to the paper over my signature. I'll let you know if they respond to your submission.

    Yata hey
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    Thanks.

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    Decent letter. May I suggest wording this phrase:

    Shall-issue carry laws, on the other hand, have not surprisingly been deemed reasonable in at least 36 states,
    You mean for it to read like this:

    Shall-issue carry laws, on the other hand, have -- not surprisingly -- been deemed reasonable in at least 36 states,
    But when I read it, I read it like:

    Shall-issue carry laws, on the other hand, have not -- surprisingly -- been deemed reasonable in at least 36 states,
    Making it sound as if 36 states had not passed the laws, and making the rest of the sentence confusing (until I reread it).

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    "Virtually intact" in fact referred to exactly that.

    The submitted letter read as prepared by nickerj1 with one sentence modified:
    "Shall-issue carry laws, on the other hand, have (not surprisingly) been deemed reasonable in at least 36 states,"

    Since it was a parenthectical expression, I put it in parenthesis.

    Yata hey
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    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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