Portland Press Herald


Recent rape offers good argument for ‘a gun in hand,’ Waterville police chief says


…Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said the Waterville police chief’s comments are “typical of the immediate gut reaction to horrific crimes.”

“It is easy to indulge in the Wild West fantasy that crime would be deterred if we were all armed all the time, and undoubtedly this is true,” Butts said Thursday. “But far more crimes would be created than prevented by widespread gun ownership.”

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