Mark Mansperger's article (In Focus, Aug. 26) "Americans pay unknowingly high price for guns" is simply another anti-gun rant. His article begins with a heart-wrenching appeal to one's emotion, in order to try and capture an insincere and inaccurate intellectual argument.
The Second Amendment establishes the prerequisite for the formation of a "well-regulated militia" (as opposed to a vigilante group), to ensure government does not have a monopoly with the tools of physical force.
If one examines the overall per capita murder rate -- not just the murder rate by guns, per Vol. 30, Num. 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, reveals the following: The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership have a combined murder rate three times higher than the nine nations with the highest rate of gun ownership. Norway has the highest rate of gun ownership in western Europe, but has the lowest murder rate. Russia's murder rate is four times higher than the U.S. and more than 20 times that of Norway's.
I'm not sure why Mansperger and others fall into the constipated anti-gun statistical argument. The murder victim has no concern as to the method their murderer used.
LOUIS BOLIOU, Pasco