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1/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: More gun laws, same result

The number of federal laws active on the books is around 46,000, give or take a few thousand because this number changes daily. As of Jan. 1, 2010, a big milestone in this scary look into the future was the introduction of 40,627 new laws that went into effect throughout the nation.

When all state laws are added to the list, you get more than a few hundred thousand combined laws active on the books. For example, Texas alone has more than 40,000 laws by itself. Add 49 other states and you begin to see if one took the time to track each state, you would be looking at almost a million laws on the books in the United States of America. The Land of the Free takes on a whole new meaning.

With speculation of up to 20,000 active gun laws in America and the recent mass murders in Connecticut, what's a few more gun laws going to do, really?


Jack Shepherd


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

I too am a gun owner and I agree the 2nd amendment gives us the right to own weapons of self defense, That said I don't think the 2nd amendment gives me a right to own weapons of war. These weapons are ment to do nothing but kill people in the fastest way possible. I read that 20 children probably died in the first 45 seconds of the Conn. shooting. Is it really that important to our freedom to have people with that kind of fire power? I think not. General McChristol agrees. Where do we draw the line. Putting cops in the schools like the NRA suggests will not keep us safe from this kind of fire power. I agree we probably need to enforce the laws we already have on the books rather than write a bunch of new ones, but when 40 percent of the guns purchased are bought at gun shows without background checks any reasonable person would want to change this law.

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