In his Aug. 26 In Focus piece, Mark Mansperger manages to regurgitate all the "Handgun Control, Inc." talking points while slyly using sleight of hand and intellectual dishonesty to misdirect the reader.
Starting out with a tragic story about Gordy, Mansperger then slides seamlessly into "30,000 people die each year." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 48 children aged 0-14 years died from accidental gunshots in 2009, not eight per day.
The fallacies that Mansperger attempts to expose, expose only his preconceived notions that his fellow citizens can't be trusted. Accidental firearm-related injuries are low and have been declining for years, as Mansperger would have noted had he bothered to check the CDC (554 unintentional firearms deaths in 2009, not "millions.") Compare that to 2,210 deaths from the "adverse effects of medical care." The majority of firearms deaths are suicides.
Mansperger's ignorance of the constitutional basis for the Second Amendment as well as the Citizen's United ruling is typical of his liberal (statist) world view. Fortunately, a majority of the Supreme Court affirmed what a blind person could see was the Founders' intent. Mansperger is a true believer in the progressive agenda that individual citizens can't be trusted to exercise their freedoms without government supervision.
DAVID SHUFORD, Richland