Regarding “Oregonians to vote on gun-safety measure,” Aug. 5, Page 1:

Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” If you disarm law abiding citizens only criminals will have firearms. The article was full of half-truths, left wing opinions, and skewed data.

The modern sporting rifle is not an assault weapon. Criminals do not obey the gun laws we have now and our court system does not enforce gun laws we have that are aimed at criminals. Our suicide rate is average for developed countries and more people die from blunt instruments each year than from sporting rifles.

More than 500,000 violent crimes are stopped by law abiding citizens with their legal weapons every year. In many places in Oregon law enforcement officers are a hour away in an emergency, so you must protect yourself and your loved ones.

SFC Bernard Offley, USA Ret.

St. Helens