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Identifying gun owners only serves criminals

To the editor:

On the news I heard about a town in New York State that was going to publish a list with names and addresses of all people who lived in the town who had a gun permit. What a brilliant idea!

Now all the outlaws, robbers, thieves, rapists, kidnappers and murders would have access to this invaluable information.

Why not go a step further and list names and addresses of all the people by income. If I were one of the aforementioned type of people, I would hate to rob a poor family and not get much money for my efforts.

And by the way, I would hate to break into a home that had a dog in it. So please list them also, preferably by breed, as I don’t want to be confronted by a large or vicious dog. Or a little one that just yapped and yapped all the time.

I am sure criminals would pay a handsome price for a list with all this information on it, as they would not have to worry about a homeowner confronting them with a firearm.

By the way, I think it would be a good idea to tell you that I am a responsible gun permit holder and have been for more than 55 years.

Richard Gorman

Hatfield

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