LETTER: Those who protest guns should go to a pistol club

IT AMAZES me when someone is shot how the majority of the public wants to ban guns altogether.

They never consider going to the local shotgun, pistol or rifle range to meet people and experience the comradeship in the clubs, and realise the skill involved to get a reasonable score.

They would then be taking an active part in a sport rather than sitting, sucking on a can, and watching big, strong, young guys kick a ball around.

These same people never complain about the police having pistols hanging on their sides - yet I can nearly guarantee that there are no police in Gladstone who could shoot a B-grade score at 25m in centerfire matches.

For these people who are paranoid about guns, try to close your eyes and visualise your front lawn in the morning with nine men and eight women - the men died of prostate cancer, the women died of breast cancer. Now add 15 more who died from alcohol and 49 more from medical errors. (Info from Australian Government and sporting shooters. Medical errors ABC news on the net.)

These figures should have now changed your mind?

- IAN SIMMONS, Turkey Beach

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