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NORM PETERSEN, San Clemente

Your piece on Mayor Pro Tem Gene James’ proposal to make SC a Second Amendment Sanctuary City was an opinion piece disguised as news.

First, you quote an anti-gun organization spokesperson without including someone from the other side, then you cite recent stories regarding gun violence without providing information on the annual use of firearms for self-defense, and lastly, you claim polling supports more gun control. 

If you had reached out to the NRA, you would have learned that, according to the CDC, “Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year.”  By citing recent tragedies, rather than provide balanced information, you are trying to manipulate the emotions of SC residents. 

A poll conducted last month by the Washington Post and ABC News showed a seven-point decline in support for more gun laws. The poll shows a 50/50 split nationally, not even close to the two-thirds cited in the polls you used. 

I support Gene James in this effort, and I assure you, so do a large number of residents. I urge those of you who support gun rights to make your voices heard. 

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