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Letter: Don’t be silly

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

At 77, I thought I had seen all the silly I would see. I was wrong. In the middle of a deadly and highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of gun owners stood shoulder to shoulder in Richmond, breathing on each other and possibly infecting each other with the virus.

They were protesting the closure of gun ranges that was done to protect customers from exposure to the virus that has killed 324 Virginians as of Tuesday. It is difficult, if not impossible to imagine that shooting ranges are essential businesses in the face of a pandemic. It is important to note that no confiscation of anyone’s weapon has been reported.

No Second Amendment rights have been lost.

There is no way to know how many of the protesters had the virus without showing any symptoms and who could have spread it far and wide in the state. An infected person can infect a few people who can, in turn, infect a few more people when they return home. And so on and so on.

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