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Here again, we don’t know what would have happened had people in the vicinity whipped out their own guns and dispensed justice. We don’t even know whether the gunmen were in lawful possession of weapons.

We do know, however, that outright gun prohibition denies law-abiding Americans from defending life, limb and property from urban desperados.

Armed bank robbers, carjackers, home invaders? They know their potential victims are at their mercy. They are criminals, but they ain’t stupid. After all, they know how and where to buy guns.

The anti-gun lobby always stands united. The gun-rights lobby, not so much. It depends on the National Rifle Association to do its bidding.

Where are the average John and Jane Does who write letters to the editor, tweet and use Facebook on behalf of worthy causes?

Isn’t the U.S. Constitution worth defending? Isn’t the common-sense mantra “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” worthy of a debate?


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Deborah Simmons can be reached at