Dear Editor:

In attacking gun control, Jeff Snyder writes, "More people die from car accidents a year than guns." He's right about that; for example, 32,788 car-accident deaths in 2010 (National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration), and 31,672 gun deaths that year (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control).  

But, because traffic deaths are declining year by year and gun deaths are rising, "Bloomberg Business Week" predicts that "by 2015, firearm fatalities will probably exceed traffic fatalities ..." (Dec. 19, 2012). Another thing: Car deaths are almost entirely accidental. Not so, gun deaths.

He also says, about large-capacity magazines, "It is ludicrous to think that a magazine with 30 rounds is any more dangerous than having three magazines that hold 10 rounds each."

No, it isn't ludicrous. Bystanders were able to subdue Jared Lee Loughner, the man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, when he was trying to reload his Glock semi-automatic pistol (ABC News, Jan. 9, 2012). If he had had an assault rifle with a mega-magazine, who can say how many more people he might have killed or wounded than he did. Maybe as many as the Sandy Hook school killer Adam Lanza did, who used several 30-round magazines in his Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle (Hartford "Courant," Jan. 6, 2013).



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