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letters | DEBATE GOES ON OVER GUN CONTROL

We dismiss value of handguns as means of defense

Some people understand only horrific images and are blind to the subtle, far more significant side of gun ownership — the unspectacular, daily prevention of crime that takes place because law-abiding citizens are allowed not only to own but to carry handguns for self-defense.

Thousands of stories depicting thwarted crimes go unreported, or do not warrant the wall-to-wall coverage that the shooting in Newtown, Conn., did. And how do we measure the deterrence that effective self-defense creates in the minds of would-be assailants who do not act because they fear their potential victim may be armed or because they’ve learned of an attacker being shot?

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