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posted: 10/21/2013 5:00 AM

Women's gun club only promotes fear

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According to your lead article in the Oct. 7 paper, we now have a new gun demographic -- women and their children. The article and photos about the Des Plaines women's gun club made me very uneasy: the "social" premise, the pink ear protection (gun "fashion"?), the grandmother feeling "empowered," the dropping a bullet on the floor "joke," shooting zombies (still human forms), and moms bringing their young adult children (really?!).

Is this promoting more security for women and their children, or does it play on their sense of fear and promote gun sales? Is the solution to the violence and illegal use of guns in our society to have guns in the hands of more people? Why are we promoting and marketing fear?

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Shouldn't we put the time and money we spend on guns and their use on helping people get jobs and educating our youth for those jobs? It seems to me that this would empower and promote a society that is more productive and more secure.

Kim Veitch

Palatine

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