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Dear Ms Harris,
Thanks for another(!) very interesting program, on 4/2/10.
The NRA's mantra of "self protection," bka carrying loaded weapons openly or concealed, is unquestionably a euphemism for vigilante justice. If vigilante justice were such a resounding success, nationwide law enforcement, including in Oregon, would have long since incorporated it into their crime fighting arsenal.
Vigilante justice, if indeed it is ever appropriate, DOES NOT require weapons. The courageous passengers who prevented Richard Reid from committing his heinous crime guaranteed the Constitutional Rights of everyone on board: Passengers' right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; as well as Mr. Reid's right to a trial by jury. A random bullet at 25,000 feet fired by an alcohol-incapacitated, weapon-carrying passenger would have certainly brought Reid's plan to fruition.
What are the the statistics re the percentage of proactive gun violence injuries/deaths, versus the percentage of actual self-defense injuries/deaths? In Portland? In Oregon? In the US?
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