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“Focus on Gun Trafficking”

New York Times
Sept. 28, 2014

To the Editor:

Re “The Assault Weapon Myth,” by Lois Beckett (Sunday Review, Sept. 14):

To borrow from James Carville, the real problem with guns in America is illegally trafficked handguns, stupid! While the news media was riveted on Tucson, Aurora and Newtown, children in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and every other major American city continued to be mowed down with handguns bought illegally off the street.

We all know that 20 first graders and six educators were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. But what many don’t realize is that Bridgeport, Conn., less than 30 miles from Newtown, buried more than 20 of its citizens in 2010 and 2012, all killed in the kinds of commonplace urban shootings that don’t make national headlines. An assault weapons ban won’t protect those children. Stopping illegal gun trafficking will.

NANCY ROBINSON
Jamaica Plain, Mass., Sept. 15, 2014

The writer is founder and director of Lipstick (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing).

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