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Letter: Compare guns to things that pose a real danger, not pencils

James Christenson’s letter (March 22) says, “If a gun kills people, then a pencil misspells words.” Cute, but it doesn’t work.

Let’s compare guns with something that’s actually dangerous. “Cars don’t kill people, drivers do.” Yet we register the cars, regulate their design and safety features, and make laws about where and how they’re used. A driver must have training (more rigorous for larger vehicles), a license, and insurance. We try to protect society from the potential dangers of both cars and drivers. Sounds like a plan for guns too.

— Vivian Mendenhall