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In regard to the recent gun show at the Pueblo Complex, I’m not sure of the actual wording of the school gun ban but if the wording includes the words ‘school property’ then it would seem that the gun show should not take place at the Pueblo Complex.
Other school owned properties leased by LANL do not allow guns to be brought onto the premises by the public or workers (except by security guards). The gun show supporters however, were incensed the moment a question was raised about the appropriateness of the venue. Rather than thoughtful commentary about appropriate use of school property, we get worn out phrases like ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ and ‘only people with mental illness are committing mass shootings’.
The facts are however that the majority of shootings in America simply wouldn’t happen without the wide availability of firearms. Slate’s (an online magazine) gun-death tracker estimates that 7,242 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Newtown massacre.
This number doesn’t include gun suicides. What can be done about this? Maybe not using public school owned properties for gun shows is a start.
Paul D. Richardson II
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