Letter to the editor: Nation needs sensible gun control

In the 1980s when the threat of nuclear war caused great anxiety about our children’s safety, even survival, I remember a cartoon that is applicable to our epidemic of school shootings.
Panel 1: A father asking his child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Panel 2: Child responding, “Alive — if it’s not too much trouble.”
No one wants to take guns away from legitimate owners who use them safely. We regulate motor vehicles to make them safer — seatbelts, airbags, speed limits. Why not do the same for guns? Our children are pleading with us. Let’s be good parents and protect them with sensible gun control.
Jack Mayer
Editor’s note: The writer is a Middlebury pediatrician, author and 1982-1984 New England Delegate to the anti-nuclear Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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