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Letter: Gun ownership and defending one’s home

The NYPD said guns and bulletproof vests were

The NYPD said guns and bulletproof vests were found at the Queens home of Elvin Payamps, who was arrested on weapon charges after a witness reported hearing him make threats against police. Photo Credit: NYPD

In “Times, and the need for guns, change” [Letters, Feb. 8], the writer claims that the average citizen’s need for guns has changed. He is correct, but not in the way he intends.

It may be true that we longer need to protect ourselves from “Indians and possible attacking armies from Europe.” However, different dangers are present today.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28 percent of these burglaries, a household member was present, and 7 percent of the time, he or she experienced some form of violent victimization.

Despite the fact that we do have “trained, professional police to protect us,” officers need time to reach a crime in progress — assuming the victim has the opportunity to call them.

John Ryan, Flushing

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