Tuesday, April 3, was irony day in the Auburn Journal. On page A4, Paul Comiskey told us that his 40 years experience as a criminal defense attorney has proven that self-defense gun-carrying always causes more trouble than it prevents.
Then on page A10 of that same Journal was the story of a peaceful society like Comiskey wants, where carrying any gun is forbidden by law — an Oakland Christian university for Korean immigrants — where a shooter walked through halls and classrooms, methodically killing seven and wounding three defenseless people.
I wonder how many of the dead wished that someone else in the room had a gun?
Apparently, Mr. Comiskey has never imagined what it was like to be in the crowd that met with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, where, like Comiskey, no one carried a gun for protection, and everyone cowered, terrified, waiting to be shot.
Or Virginia Tech, where 32 students, forbidden to carry guns, were methodically murdered.
Ciudad Juarez, where citizen guns are completely forbidden, has the second highest murder rate in the Western Hemisphere, while, just across the river, El Paso, where every person with a clean record can carry a concealed gun, has the second lowest murder rate in the U.S.
The gun-free American society was tried in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, when police collected everyone’s guns to make New Orleans safe, and that city became a nightmare where young, strong, violent men robbed, raped, assaulted and murdered whomever they chose.
We need El Paso gun laws.
Gordon Ainsleigh, Meadow Vista