I am writing about the not-so-thoughtful letter from gun (lover) Arthur C. Peterson: “What kind of country do you want?” I’d like to live in a country where so-called law-abiding citizens do not have access to weapons of war like AK 47’s that are designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. I also certainly don’t want to live in a country where citizens are allowed to possess chemical or biological weapons like Peterson advocated.
I’d like to add the U.S. and Canadian crime rate is about the same with one glaring exception: the homicide rate. The U.S. homicide rate is 5.0 per 100,000. The Canadian homicide rate is 1.9 per 100,000 population. Why the difference? Access to guns.