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Dangers of firearms call for stricter rules, not hands-on lessons

In his Jan. 14 letter regarding gun control and violent video games, Michael Pearson advocates teaching children how to use firearms, “just as we teach our children about driving, drugs, and sex” (“Safety may best be learned at the firing range”); however, in teaching kids about drugs, we teach them about how dangerous drugs are; we don’t offer them drugs.

Guns, like drugs, are dangerous in the wrong hands. The Second Amendment protects citizens’ rights to bear firearms as part of a well-regulated militia. Also, at that time, muskets were the latest technology in firearms. If you want a musket, go for it.

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