Letter to the editor: A farewell to arms in Summit County
October 1, 2014
We, the undersigned, are a group of Summit County citizens who strongly support businesses and public places that request their patrons refrain from bringing weapons onto their premises. We encourage all Summit County businesses and public entities do the same.
Weapons would include either concealed or openly carried firearms as well as anything else that could frighten other patrons.
We support responsible gun owners who practice sound safety measures and use their guns for activities such as hunting. But between 2005 and 2012, 4,431 people died from wounds inflicted by firearms in Colorado, and in the last four years, more people died by guns than in motor vehicle accidents. Between 2000 and 2011, 3512 people were hospitalized because of firearms related injuries. That is way too many friends and neighbors dead and injured.
The first thing our society must do is put our guns away. Store them safely, locked up and separate from ammunition, and private citizens should certainly not carry them into stores and public places.
Will you join us in calling for policies that prohibit weapons in places of business or public use? Let us feel safe in our communities, greeting each other with warmth and good will, and without worrying what another person might be carrying that could harm us.
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