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Just what we need, more guns

March 2, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

In this country we have over 30,000 gun deaths every year - one every 15 minutes. In other civilized countries the number is much, much smaller. To solve this problem one needs to look at the root cause. Mental illness and use of violent video games are similar in all countries. However, we have many, many more guns in this country. The correlation is clear: country by country and state by state, more guns mean more gun deaths. States with stricter gun laws have fewer guns and fewer gun deaths. This is why we should be against a ridiculous gun reciprocity law passed by the House.

Secondly, the lethal damage caused by assault rifles is not usually discussed. The bullet from a 9mm handgun enters and exits the body with a small hole and much less damage to the organs compared to an assault rifle. The bullet from an assault rifle has a velocity of about three times the handgun and thus an energy of nine times the handgun. This high energy results in lethal damage to body organs and an exit wound the size of an orange. Still many politicians want to continue the sale of assault rifles and even put more guns in schools.

Gerry Trantina

Fort Myers Beach



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