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What is unrestricted gun access costing you? What will it cost to post guards in our schools? What does it cost for the security needed to protect innocent people from the deranged with guns? What about the health care cost of those injured from gun violence? On it goes.

Take a look around your habitat. How many bullet holes do you see in signs? How much garbage do you find in the wilderness that gun enthusiasts have shot up? As a volunteer I have replaced signs for the National Forest Service. To drive to a remote location and replace a sign by an unpaid volunteer can easily cost $300. The gun-obsessed love to take old propane tanks or televisions out into the forest and shoot at them. Do they clean them up or the glass bottles that are so much fun to shoot? No.

What happens when a pistol-packing person shoots at a stop sign and hits someone in the line of fire? If you don’t think this is an expensive problem just count the number of signs along the highway with bullet holes. Does the NRA donate money to replace the signs? Does the NRA advertise to stop the vandals?

The cost is too high in lives, property and public safety to allow every person unrestricted access to guns. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so they say. How do you stop a bad guy with a gun from shooting holes in a sign? Maybe the good guy with a gun should ask for some decent regulations. Do you have a Second Amendment right to kill a stop sign?

Mike Quinn, Hazen

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