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Mr. Summers' letter plays on the emotion of readers, and is based on fuzzy logic or not quite complete representations of the facts.
He's correct that fertilizer bombs are not guns, but he neglects to mention that four times as many people have died since Newtown alone than died in Oklahoma City. He also fails to mention that the shooter at Virginia Tech in 2007 used a semi-automatic 22 caliber pistol and a semi-automatic 9mm pistol, and had 17 10- and 15-round magazines he used to kill fellow students.
Facts make a difference. Overly-emotional half-truths do not - instead, they serve to inflame. There is no evidence that President Obama has anything against firearms -- he simply believes that possession of semi-automatic firearms should be much more regulated. As for the mayors, governors, sheriffs and police chiefs around the country wanting the same thing, there is good reason: semi-automatic weapons KILL people. And the most vocal individuals decrying the use of such weapons since Newtown is made mostly of parents, school officials and children's advocates around the country and, if you read newspapers from other countries, around the world.
I'm not sure what Mr. Summers' goal was in writing his letter, and I don't mean to suggest he's being purposefully dishonest. I am sure that people on both sides of this issue need to be aware what the truth is, and to learn more so that they can make informed decisions before sharing their opinions, casting their votes, or urging their lawmakers.
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