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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bostonians’ hands tied by gun laws

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

When the Tsarnaev brothers were on the loose, 1 million Bostonians were told to "shelter in place and not to open their door to anyone but a policeman." Everyone praised the success of this plan, but would the monsters have actually knocked on a door seeking shelter? Or would they kicked in the door or shot their way into a home seeking hostages or worse?

Had the Tsarnaev brothers chosen to make it so, shelter in place would have become slaughter in place. Because of the strict gun laws in Massachusetts, the vast majority of the state's residents are defenseless. Gun control has turned law-abiding citizens into potential victims.

You can call 911, but by the time the police get there, often the only thing they will be able to do is draw a chalk line around your body and take crime-scene photos. The police may or may not catch the criminal, who may or may not go to jail. You, however, will be taking the eternal dirt nap.

Laws never have and never will stop criminal behavior. All the proof you need of that is the penalty of stealing in places like Saudi Arabia. Your hand gets cut off, yet people still steal things there.

There is a positive note to the current debate for America's 80 million law-abiding gun owners. It's now crystal clear that voting for Democrats at any level is a vote to destroy the Second Amendment.

PHIL GINGERELLA

Westerly, R.I.

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