Thanks to Rick Wells (Jan. 13 letter, “Get facts on gun safety and use”) for debunking all the hype and putting gun deaths in proper perspective. 30,323 deaths from guns are far less than die in plane crashes in the U.S. each year. I know – I Googled it. There are so few deaths from collapsing crib sides that regulation would be absurd. Would we ban lead from house paint just because 13 kids die from eating lead paint each year?
Would we have the government step in and insist on strengthening gas tanks in cars just because of the 30,323 deaths in fiery crashes last year?
I also Googled the report of an 82 year-old man in York, Pa., who shot at an intruder. I found three references: all referred to Rick Wells’ Sun News article. If Mr. Wells can’t trust himself as a source, who can he trust?
If we let the government interfere every time a plane goes down, a kid chokes to death on a crib side, or goes blind from eating leaded paint, how close are we to the time when the government tries to certify food quality? Believe me, it’s a slippery slope.
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The writer lives in Surfside Beach.