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Editor: 

I couldn't help but respond to the forum column in the April 22 Sunday paper written by Tom Gagnon. I have no doubt that all students who attend the so-called "gun control walkouts" should be a allowed to do so. Good learning experience? Probably for most, I think. But after dealing with a fair number of the students at Kelly Walsh for two years, I'd venture an educated guess that some would just attend to get out of class for a day or so. 

During those years, I watched them urinate in the gutters, against the side of peoples' homes, make out in my backyard, vandalize and litter all over the neighborhood. And yes, the properties were posted. Then, as to Mr. Gagnon's example of pointing a loaded gun at someone and pulling the trigger, he wrote, "...we'll see what happens." Like so many anti-gun folks, he then blames the gun. Yet he broke a basic rule of gun safety that being to never point a gun at something you are not willing to destroy. That gun fired because he pulled the trigger. But it's the gun's fault? Uh-huh.

I can leave a loaded weapon on my dining room table for days at a time. It won't hurt a soul. If a child, or someone I don't know stops by, I'd secure that weapon. That's just common sense. Besides, I'm criminally liable should a minor get that weapon. 

And as for another gun control law: do you really believe that this one will be the one that the bad guys obey? As if all the others already on the books were too difficult to understand. Why not eliminate all of the plea bargains and enforce those? 

Murder has been unlawful for thousands of years. That hasn't stopped anyone yet. Maybe we need another homicide law too. 

KENNETH R. HARTER, Casper 

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