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December 7, 2013

Juxtaposition of gun ad, news thoughtless

Regarding page A8 in the Dec. 5 Free Press: What were you thinking?

The juxtaposition of the Sandy Hook story with a half page ad for a gun show — adorned with multiple pictures of guns and ammo — was thoughtless at best, a slap in the face at worst. In the year since the massacre in Connecticut, nearly 10,000 Americans have been killed by firearms. And those are just the media reported deaths. Estimates of the total killed range up to 28,000.

Yet, we have done little but wring our hands. We can’t even agree to full background checks for all firearm sales or limit the size of magazines.

Even as Sandy Hook — and Aurora, Tucson, Columbine, etc — slide farther behind us, we should remember; objects in the rear view mirror are closer than they appear.

Dr. William Shores

St. Peter

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