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Each year in the United States, we have more than 30,000 people killed by guns, and roughly the same number by automobiles. To those all-guns-all-the-time people who argue that we don’t stop driving, I would submit a couple of considerations.

First, there would be far more traffic deaths if it weren’t for groundbreaking safety measures implemented in our automobiles. Alas, the National Rifle Association and its political bedfellows have resisted such protections for guns.

Second, and more specifically, thus far this year (and it’s hardly atypical), there have been 23 toddlers who have shot themselves or another person. How long before Donald Trump and his gun-pushing buddies point out what should have been obvious to the rest of us — that the only way to stop a bad toddler with a gun is a good toddler with a gun.

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Norman L. Bender
Woodbridge, Conn.