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March 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Survey says U.S. gun owners declining

Poll’s validity is questionable

Of course any story with a New York Times byline is suspect, its bias is widely recognized, especially concerning guns [“U.S. gun owners on decline — survey,” page one, March 10]. The gun-ownership survey is accredited to a biased source, as if all polls were created equal. They aren’t.

I do have to give the writer some credit. Way down in the story is the quote from the National Rifle Association spokesman citing evidence that this poll isn’t valid. I would add that gun owners tend to be busy and unwilling to answer poll questions about their guns. It’s hard to get valid “national poll numbers” if half the country won’t answer the questions.

But if there are folks who want to believe that gun control equals violence reduction, then by all means they should not own guns. If The Seattle Times ran a story about the statistics showing increased violence everywhere guns were banned, they wouldn’t read it. John Lott had proof ages ago using hard numbers, his books are still available for anyone who cares about a safe society.

The alternative is a belief that we are not personally responsible and we can’t trust our neighbors with guns, better to give the government all the guns. Oh, and all the criminals.

–Margaret Wiggins, Kirkland

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