*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View titled “Less regulations needed,” published in the Feb. 13 Lake Sun.
I couldn't agree with Mr. Hagan more about the need to do ones own research. What I found is that perhaps Mr. Hagan did not follow his own advice.
On a per capita basis, Chicago is not even in the top ten in gun homicides, but St. Louis is.
In suicides by gun, Chicago is at the lowest level along with New York City and San Francisco, while Kansas City is in the top ten.
Even more interesting: if you were living in Gravois Mills, your chances of being shot this year to date are one in 36 while your better odds in Chicago are one in 57,000.
The rate for gun deaths per 100,000 population shows 12.7 for Missouri but 9.7 for Illinois. Both New York and New Jersey have less than half that. These two states have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and they appear to be having the desired effect.
Further Mr. Hagan, the Supreme Court has not ruled on the question concerning recess appointments. The ruling by a three-judge panel has been appealed there but has not been argued as yet. The three judges have used a novel definition of "recess" under which almost every president in the last 60 years would be in non compliance if that definition is upheld.
There were four Americans killed in the attack of Benghazi, in the other attack the only person killed was a security guard provided by the host country. The morning after the Benghazi attack the President stated it was a terrorist act.
If I might make a suggestion Mr. Hagan, next time don't rely on Fox News as a source for facts, there are much better sources available online.