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  • I like Sean Crawford's comparison of guns to cars (Feb. 7). Although imperfect like most analogies, it does produce some ideas that could help reduce gun violence.
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  • I like Sean Crawford's comparison of guns to cars (Feb. 7). Although imperfect like most analogies, it does produce some ideas that could help reduce gun violence.
    As Crawford observes, despite many vehicular deaths, "we're not talking about banning people from driving cars." Similarly, no one is talking about banning appropriate people from shooting guns in appropriate circumstances. Still, to drive cars one must be licensed after passing both written and practical tests. Similar licensing for anyone buying a gun might produce more gun safety courses giving prospective shooters the necessary legal knowledge and practical experience they need to keep us all safe.
    Guns should be licensed like cars, with comparable required common-sense safety features. Gun owners, too, should be required to carry liability insurance to protect potential victims from harm caused by their guns. If cars are defective, the manufacturers can be sued for resulting injuries or damage; let's restore gun victims' rights to sue to try to hold the suppliers accountable for negligence or intentional disregard of known risks.
    Given the many lessons to be learned from comparison of guns to cars, let's unite to demand our legislators begin implementing them. — Becky Snow, Ashland
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