It's troubling to read the letters from NRA supporters. Leave it to "bleeding heart liberals" to exploit the shooting deaths of a couple of dozen children and adults at Sandy Hook (and a few thousand other shooting deaths since then) to promote so-called "sensible" gun control.
We feel for gun owners who've accumulated an impressive collection of firearms, only to realize that their guns don't kill people. How can they be expected to "stand their ground" armed only with non-killing semiautomatics? And when marauding gangs intent on pillage, rape and murder attack them in their homes, these patriots can use their crates of ammunition only as barricades, and their non-people killing guns as blunt instruments.
More vexing still for our "well regulated militia" is the realization that protecting the Constitution (or selected parts thereof) is immeasurably more difficult without guns that kill people. For how can they hold back the "jack-booted government thugs" bent on wresting the last vestiges of their freedoms from their cold, dead hands?
Perhaps the NRA's campaign to stop the study of gun violence was ill-advised. Some additional research might have shown that guns do indeed kill people, even gun owners. Now wouldn't that be ironic?
RICHARD BADALAMENTE, Kennewick