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FL – SELF-PROTECTION – Editorial: Yes, guns can save lives, too

After the recent massacres in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump in part blamed “mental illness and hatred” as critical factors that drive mass shooters to inflict so much terror and bloodshed. Trump’s analysis bothered Los Angeles Times columnist Scott Martelle. Martelle criticized Trump in a recent piece for trotting out “the old canard that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” After Trump reiterated his point to a different audience, Martelle followed up in another column: “Yes, of course the person pulls the trigger. That’s how guns work. But if there was no gun in the person’s hand, there would be no trigger to pull, a reality the president conveniently omits.” Well, anti-gun advocates often conveniently omit reality as well: guns can save lives as well as take them. We’ve seen two recent examples in Polk County. Well, anti-gun advocates often conveniently omit reality as well: guns can save lives as well as take them. We’ve seen two recent examples in Polk County. Last week Circuit Judge Jalal Harb upheld a Winter Haven man’s claim of self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Johnny Ray Owsley Jr. claimed he fatally shot an acquaintance, Patrick Thrower, in 2017 after Thrower twice tried to kill him during a confrontation at Owsley’s home. Owsley said the two first argued inside the house, where Thrower pulled a gun and squeezed the trigger, only to have it misfire. Owsley then pulled his own gun and fired a warning shot. The argument continued outside the house, and Thrower again pulled his gun again and charged Owsley, who promptly shot him dead.  [full article]

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