In his Dec. 9 letter, Terrorists and guns, Edwin Farber criticized Fabiola Santiago for failing to recognize that the issue that needs to be addressed is the threat from “an anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic apocalyptic radical Islamic ideology” rather than our failure to impose reasonable gun-control measures.
While he is correct that individuals who are motivated will find a way to maneuver around even the strictest laws, he is still addressing the wrong problem.
According to a CNN study, between 2001 and 2013, 3,380 Americans have been killed on U.S. soil by acts of terrorism. During the same period of time, the number of Americans killed by gun violence totaled 406,496.
Given the statistics, to focus on the threat of terrorism rather than the risks of firearms is akin to worrying about the safety of your commercial flight while texting and driving to the airport.
David A. Silk,