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Media manipulate data about guns

Published: January 9, 2013
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Protection for our children is important; increased security and/or procedures at our schools will help, as would any common-sense approach to reduce violent crime. However, more gun control laws won't help much. Perhaps secondhand gun sales background checks might help a little as well as mental health reporting, but more gun laws will only inhibit law-abiding citizens from exercising their rights.

The recent emotional pleas for action prompted me to do some research and the difference between what I found and what the media is reporting is shocking. I urge everyone concerned to look at FBI crime reports. People need accurate, unbiased data these days and it seems that most data from the media is colored or manipulated to make a pro or con point. Remember, it's the Second Amendment that truly protects the First Amendment for all of us.

Wes Boles, Oklahoma City