Regarding Doug McNeil's letter criticizing stricter regulation of firearms sales, is everyone as tired of reading about gun legislation and crime reduction as I am ("Gun licensing won't reduce crime," March 3)?
Of course criminals will ignore the law. But it might well be better if fewer hotheads, fools and depressed personalities owned handguns and assault weapons.
We all know what a hothead is. An acquaintance of mine once got angry at his car and shot out the windshield. Should he have had a pistol?
We all know what a fool is. People who have forgotten what it was like to be an inquisitive child and leave firearms where their kids can find them. Children's lives could be saved if there were fewer guns around.
Depression is a terrible thing, and it's easier to end one's own life with a handgun than any other way. Half the annual gun deaths are the result of accidents and suicides.
This is a public health problem, not a crime problem.
Hank Bullwinkel, Upper Falls