Letter: Gun numbers were wrong

To the Editor:

In response to Marilyn Gordon: Your figures are wrong.

From Dec. 14, 2012, to Dec. 14, 2017, according to the FBI, there were 41,326 homicides with firearms. And these numbers represent a 65% factor of gangs and drug dealers and 90% factor of illegally obtained guns. Nowhere near the 150,000 you posted.

So let’s post facts. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals, as many as 1.5 million times every year — or about 4,109 times a day. And, furthermore, as many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.

Now, as far as reciprocity, the house is long overdue.

As a legal gun owner, people should be able to carry across state lines. We have driver’s licenses and marriage licenses that are accepted in every state.

Obtaining a carry permit is obtained by having a federal background check, along with training and fingerprints. Constitution-carrying states (states that don’t require permits) will need a permit system to comply. Felons and people that do not have permits cannot qualify for reciprocity.

I would like to point out to you that state borders don’t cancel out our Constitutional rights.

I find it interesting that the second amendment is the only Constitutional right that has state borders. This is in fact disgraceful and needs to be fixed.   

But then again, bad guys do not have permits and don’t care — they just break the law.

By the way, it’s not a health issue it’s a crime issue.

Tom Falconieri Sr.

Limestone Road, Dec. 17