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THOMAS OLDS, San Clemente
As I viewed the article on the James move to make San Clemente a Second Amendment Sanctuary and the Letters to the Editor, it occurred to me how little factual information was offered up either in the original article or in the Letters to the Editor.
But then again, that seems to be the way our news is delivered to us in a fact-free environment without the slightest effort to provide any type of rational discussion of why the James amendment is either warranted or not.
I smiled as Mr. Hector Hernandez actually used the term “evil” to describe this effort by Huntington Beach and San Clemente to become sanctuary cities for the Second Amendment.
Emotional hand-wringing by the likes of Ann Worthington, where she threatened “I don’t want to live in a city where guns are more important than people,” actually made me laugh out loud. I would encourage her to move to Mexico or Portland or Chicago. Heck, Mayor de Blasio would certainly be happy to have her move there, with NYC losing residents faster than surfers with no swell on Saturday morning.
Actually, the original article, which took a full page, offered very little in terms of facts to understand why this proposal makes sense or not. Patricia Boe, a “volunteer leader” of an anti-gun group offered up a statistic of 198 mass shootings in 2021 so far. How this “statistic was derived or where it came from was never offered, nor could I find any basis for it.
I am suspicious that Shawn Raymundo, the SC Times writer of the original piece, either chose not to give our “elected” representative a platform to present his reasoning or was too lazy to present facts or fact-check information useful to understanding this debate.
By giving Boe, the “volunteer,” more space to present her “feelings” than James, the editors of this paper have really failed to provide much more than the nonsense peddled by such news giants as CNN, etc.
Just signed up for the Epoch Times daily newspaper!
Editor’s Note: The statistic on the number of shootings in 2021 came from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks mass shootings in the U.S. This information was explained in the May 13 article on the Second Amendment Sanctuary City. Also, the article extensively quoted Mayor Pro Tem Gene James, who was given an additional opportunity to respond to SC Times’ questions.