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Raymond Langley (The Mail, 5/6) errs, both factually and dogmatically.
To take the first point first: It is not true that the United Kingdom never had easy access to guns, although it is true that the country began restricting firearms much earlier than the United States did. The first major British gun-control law was the 1920 Firearms Act, prior to which firearms were readily available in the United Kingdom. (Actually, even the 1920 law didn’t have very sharp teeth, but that’s another discussion.)
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To take the second point: Langley then wonders, with regard to the shootings by Ricardo McKeython’s sons (“‘Truth crushed to the earth will rise!’” 4/29), whether we should blame the gunmaker, the father for not training his sons in the use of firearms, or perhaps someone else altogether. This is a tired old saw from gun-control proponents, who constantly overlook the most logically obvious person who should be receiving the blame: the person who pulled the trigger. After all, we do not blame Chrysler for vehicular manslaughter, nor do we blame Krylon for graffiti.
Silver Spring, Md.