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Letter: Assault Weapons for $30 — Not!

To the editor:

A while ago, I wrote a letter about the NH Police and the Boy Scouts raffling off guns — including assault weapons — to fund a cadet program. As of now, neither the NH Chiefs of Police Association nor the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America has even responded to the buyback offered by a group of concerned citizens. It is chilling that our police and our scouts are run by people who do not even acknowledge the citizens whose concerns they ostensibly protect.

Here is a quote from an interesting N Y Times Op Ed piece (Jan. 16) by John Howard, former prime minister of Australia, whose administration responded to an assault weapon massacre with a country-wide buyback. Assault weapons just aren’t available in Australia any more.

“Today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate. . . . In the 18 years before the 1996 reforms, Australia suffered 13 gun massacres — each with more than four victims — causing a total of 102 deaths. There has not been a single massacre in that category since 1996.

“Few Australians would deny that their country is safer today as a consequence of gun control.”

Here is a script for your letters and calls:

Please accept the offer of the buyback of the raffle tickets, which is a win/win for all: it maintains support for the Cadet Camp and decreases by 31 the number of weapons entering our communities.

NH Chiefs of Police Association president Paul Donovan: 893-1911.

CEO of Daniel Webster Council of Boy Scouts Michael Kaufman: 625-6431.

Eve Kodiak

Temple

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