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Mr. Garon criticized the Sheriff’s letter to Vice President Joe Biden on gun control and he made some senseless comment on the Sheriff’s refusal to accept the social scientists as experts in the field. Approximately 19 law enforcement agencies wrote to the V.P. and most were from Northern California. There were over 500 law enforcement agencies nationwide that wrote to the V.P., so Mr. G., are all those agencies just typical gun-lovin’, gun-totin’ cops who belong to the Tea Party?

Gee, I wish I were as smart as you think you are. Professor Larry Beutler, spokesperson for the Democratic women’s organization, Ph.D. in Psychology of Terrorism, announced that he was not going to be as brief as the Sheriff was in has initial remarks. So be it — but how about accuracy? First he calls us a violent country — tell me Mr. G., how many beheadings have you seen here, how many hands cut off, how many women have you seen buried in the ground up to their heads and stoned to death? And how about social injustices? Seen any of our women denied the right to drive an auto; do they have to cover themselves from head to toe so no can see them?

So who are you comparing us to? His statement that the FBI says we have 100,000 gun-related deaths every year. I think he misquoted — or something was left out by the reporter. The figure 100,000 is generally used to represent a population count of state, county, city, etc. to come up with a percentage figure such as homicide rates per 100,000 population. And Beutlers rhetorical question — does reducing the access to guns reduce firearm violence? He further states: We have an empirical marker showing that people who own guns are more likely to die by guns! He said in praise of good science and good research, the scientific method allows us to take the emotion out of the issue.

Well, not truly knowing the meaning of empirical, I decided to see what Mr. Webster says about it. And guess what I found? Empiric: A person who is ignorant of scientific principles and relies solely on practical experience. Hmmm.

So, if you used scientific status to come to your conclusion, did you relate that to the audience and/or did the reporter just fail to jot them down? Just curious.

The professor also stated that studies concluded that guns are much more likely to be used to intimidate and threaten than to protect home and self. What studies led you to this conclusion? Just curious. And your statement that about 200 cases of non-police officers saving their own lives with a gun … professor, you haven’t done your homework — many studies from anti-gun groups and pro-gun groups have come up with figures from as low as 65,000 per year to 2.5 million per year, not the 200 per year you have cited. Where did you get this from? Just curious.

One last thing, professor. The American Medical Association (and I assume you mention this group for a point of authenticity) … in 2009 there were 941,304 doctors in the USA. Doctors that belong to the American Medical Association in 2009 were 63,000. This means that 898,304 do not belong to the AMA. And another scientific group — again I suppose you mention them for a point of authenticity — the American Psychological Association … their Website shows nothing on gun violence in the USA. It won’t even tell me how many members they have. You apparently have to be a member to find out. And your “various other scientific groups” I could not look at since you didn’t mention them by name. Just curious.

And Professor Beutler, where are your statistics on “most murders are committed not by criminals but as crimes of passion?” Somehow this statement does not make a whole lot of sense.

P.S. Welcome back Larry Weitzman. I’m looking forward to your great, sensible writing ability.

HERMAN WILMOTH
Shingle Springs

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