Wants focus on illegal weapons

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 13, 2013 

Once again, I find myself in a state of confusion trying to understand positions of the American left.

On the one hand, I believe American firearms owners are treated with suspicion and dread over crimes that have not even been contemplated. Statistics show that Americans who legally own firearms are overwhelmingly law abiding as the percentage of those arms used in the commission of a crime is infinitesimally small.

On the other hand, I believe the American left willingly accepts the premise that someone who has actually been convicted of a heinous crime is eminently redeemable with a little therapy, a support group and perhaps some medication while I believe facts prove beyond reasonable doubt violent convicted criminals have a high percentage of recidivism.

"Among nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5 percent were rearrested within 3 years."

"Released prisoners with the highest re-arrest rates were robbers (70.2 pecent, these folks by definition use illegal weapons)... those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2 percent)."

My questions are:

How are these recidivists acquiring "illegal weapons"? (30 to 35 percent incarcerated by the Washington Department of Corrections are recidivists.)

Why can we not focus on those who we know have no respect for the law and leave the law abiding alone?

Konrad Lau

Sedro-Woolley

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