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Opinion

January 24, 2013

Gun laws won't help stop crimes

Hats off to three of our local elected officials, Sen. Jim Seward, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin and Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond, for having the courage to stand up and voice their opinions and opposition to some of the recent gun laws that were passed almost overnight by grandstanding politicians wanting to be first to pass more restrictive gun laws, regardless of whether any of it made sense and obviously without too much research into the mechanics of exactly what it was they were doing.

And shamefully, on a national level, the anti-gun groups are exploiting the victims and families of the Sandy Hook tragedy to advance their cause, again without the factor of common sense playing a part.

The possession and use of drugs in our country are governed by some of the most complex laws on the books, and the penalties the most severe, yet drugs remain the biggest problem we have in the United States. New laws have been added on a regular basis, prison sentences have been lengthened and the problem continues to increase. Drugs result in far more crime and victims than guns ever could by themselves. Where are the grandstanders for this?

Where are the stories that tell how guns save lives every day? How law-abiding citizens who are armed are able to protect themselves and others in situations where innocent people might otherwise have been killed? Armed citizens are a criminal’s worst nightmare.

If new laws were working, and people complied with these laws, our prisons would be empty.

David K. Butler Sr.

Cooperstown

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