Dennis Lewallen: Guns are actually safer than cars

08/07/2014 1:43 PM

08/07/2014 11:51 PM

I know columnist Nicholas Kristof (“We have a blind spot about guns,” Page A11, Aug. 1) thinks he is making a solid case for more gun control, but he could not be further from the truth. Cars kill a lot more people than do guns. Cars have killed people while their drivers have been distracted, drunk, unskilled, etc. People with cars kill many more people than do people with guns. Why? Because people with guns know they have a dangerous weapon in their hands; people who drive don’t view their cars as dangerous, so their cars kill more people accidentally than people with guns do on purpose. You and your family are going to look pretty stupid standing in front of a group of thugs bent on robbing you, raping your children and then shooting all of you in the back of the head. Go ahead and wave your flier about gun control in front of your attackers and let’s see how many of your family you can save.

Dennis Lewallen, Turlock

Editor’s note: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32,351 people died from gunfire in 2013; vehicle-related deaths numbered 33,783.

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