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Kerry Nelson (“Get off the ‘ban’ wagon regarding firearms in state”, Feb. 13) used a false comparison when juxtaposing deaths from the use of motor vehicles to deaths from firearms.

Firstly, motor vehicles have utility for their users and for society, and the deaths resulting from their use, while regrettable, are, like deaths caused by falling from ladders, incidental to the purposes for which they are used. Instances of people deliberately using motor vehicles to kill a large number of innocents are quite rare. Firearms, on the other hand, have no real use except to permit their owners to kill or maim, or to practice or threaten to do so.

Second, society is very concerned about motor vehicle deaths, and the many measures being implemented are producing a steady decrease in the number of deaths even as the number of vehicles on the roads is increasing. It would be encouraging if the same thing could be said of firearms, and perhaps the current pressure to do something will result in greater equality on that score.



Egon Frech, Lexington Park