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April 24, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

You can’t compare guns with cars

I don’t know whether I am amused or confused by Joseph Schillmoeller’s letter, “Don’t buy into the left’s propaganda,” comparing killings by guns with deaths from automobile accidents.

I think we can agree that the vast majority of the times someone points a gun at you, he or she wants to kill you. When someone is driving his or her car, it is not with that intention. Many deaths are caused by auto accidents, but I believe most of these are due to drinking or drugs, not by the fact the cars are more gas efficient. The key word here is “accident.” There are certainly accidental deaths by guns, but the percentage is rather small compared with the many thousands of murders each year.

I don’t detest guns at all, and I am a firm supporter of the Second Amendment. However, I don’t think our Founding Fathers had in mind AK-47s or guns that can fire 100 rounds in seconds. Comparing the National Transportation Safety Board to the National Rifle Association is as ludicrous as comparing automobiles to guns.

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