The senseless shooting of Trayvon Williams in Florida made our local news the same night that Fresno reported its 14th homicide of the year. At present rate, Fresno can look forward to 60-plus homicides by the end of 2012.
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For the sake of perspective, I looked up Fresno County’s population in 2009: 479,000. During that year, it recorded 45 “willful homicides,” almost entirely by firearms. During the same period, England and Wales, with a population of 53,000,000, recorded 40 cases of homicide, almost entirely by firearms.
In spite of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, the firearms industry, and its amen corner in the NRA and the Mountain Democrat, continue to deny the facts: The more guns are in circulation and the more lax the gun laws, the more homicides you will have. All the Florida legislators who voted for the “stand your ground” law ought to be held accessories to the murder of Trayvon Williams.
JOHN C. GARON