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Strong link between gun ownership and reduced crime

MY ALARM clock failed Wednesday morning. Fortunately, the screams of dismay in Brookline and Newton over Jeff Jacoby’s column on guns and safety could be heard in my bedroom in far-away Framingham (“A safer society with guns,’’ Op-ed, March 21).

Other than abortion, nothing gets true believers of the right and left more emotional than the Second Amendment. Having studied this debate for years, I observe that the National Rifle Association interprets it as all Americans having the unfettered right to their own briefcase nuke, while the folks at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence view all guns as Satan’s own handmaiden.

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Nevertheless, the data are real. The correlation between gun ownership and reduced crime covers enough years and geographies to wash out errors of correlation and lead to a conclusion of causation.

How this is integrated into meaningful political discourse is beyond me. These days we cannot get out of the way of our own prejudices to listen to the views of the other side and reach some kind of livable compromise.

Jack Kay


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