Letters to the Editor

Gun-link is missing

I’ve said it before in this and other venues and will say it again: what percentage of firearm-related crimes involve legal, licensed firearm owners?

Given that the legal, licensed owners obey the law and the criminals, by definition, do not, it would seem to be very germane to the gun control conversation.

I refuse to respond to emotional, knee-jerk appeals following every firearm-related crime, but if any authoritative source can honestly show me that a significant portion of gun-related crimes are performed by legal firearm owners and not by someone who is illegally in possession, I’m willing to reconsider.

So far nobody has done that. Not the FBI, not the NRA, not the state or local police, not the BND ... Nobody.

Jack L. Hickman

Fairview Heights