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January 15, 2013

Local gun enthusiasts skeptical of legislation

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Tonawanda News — “When I was growing up as a kid, everybody knew that there were firearms in the house and nobody touched them,” he said. “I’ve seen the situation change. The kids are being desensitized to the violence. I can play one of these video games, finish the game and walk away and I can make the distinction between fantasy and reality. They cannot.”

Robert Chambers, president of the Iroquois Arms Collectors Association, a sportsmen’s organization consisting of members from Niagara and Erie counties that traces its roots back to the 1800s, said he too believes newly proposed gun standards will not produce the desired outcome. 

Chambers views the latest round of control efforts as an attempt by state and federal lawmakers to divert the public’s attention from more pressing concerns in America - like the alarming rate of suicides among the nation’s veterans. 

Chambers said he finds it upsetting that while the U.S. Veterans Administration is reporting than an average of 18 veterans commit suicide every day, state and federal lawmakers are taking a hard line on gun control under the guise that it will better protect the public. 

“They are trying to chip away at the Second Amendment instead of dealing with the issues at hand,” Chambers said.

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