Statistics don’t always tell the full message

In reading Larry Elder’s column in Friday March second’s Alpena News paper, it provided me with much food for thought. I know statistics don’t lie but they can be cherry picked to prove almost any point you want to make. There is one vital point Mr. Elders failed to state and that is that those that protected themselves with a gun were protecting themselves from people with guns. Looks like a circular firing squad to me. Wouldn’t it better if none of us had a gun? Australia and other civilized countries don’t have so many guns as we do and they don’t have this much violence.

As for having guns for defending ourselves against a tyrannical government, ask the people of Syria how that is working out for them. Isn’t the ballot a better way.

Jim Shaffer

Hubbard Lake