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Dear Editor: Guns The Republicans Won't Talk About

Dear Editor: What happened to waiting periods for guns?

The Republican convention won't mention guns -- so it's up to us

An open letter to America's news media

From: Alan Korwin, The Uninvited Ombudsman

Re:

The Batman Movie Massacre
Our Forgotten Waiting Periods
The Need for Gun-Control... Counseling
Banning the Glock
Really Small Bullets
Copycat Heroes
Media Culpability for Massacres

Dear Media Colleagues,

Guns can't seem to keep themselves out of the limelight. Urban shootings, outside the ghettos where most shootings take place, are now becoming national news. What changed?

Why aren't we talking about waiting periods anymore? The media and the gun-control movement have abandoned waiting periods, but they used to be the holy grail. Why is that?

It turned out waiting periods didn't matter. They didn't work, had no impact on crime, they were a distraction. They were just an attack that could be made on guns, the flavor of the day, a reflection of what the public out here perceives as media hatred for guns. Like a reported shooting... from two thousand miles away.

Waiting periods were what gun controllers told media to ask for, not what media independently figured out might work. Media were told, "Waits will slow crime," and even though rational people knew this was silly, you (plural) called for them -- and then were bewildered at the resistance you got. Everyone lamented the predictable lack of results, until thankfully, you abandoned that red herring.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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