American's Don't Understand England and Violence

RECEIVED Mon., Dec. 8, 2003

In reply to Tam Thompson's letter ("Postmarks," Oct. 31) "What the UK Should Do About Guns."
   What on Earth are you talking about? It's true a lot of people in England do get stabbed or beaten with baseball bats, but even these figures are tiny compared to the amount of gun related death's in the U.S., and this is down to the simple fact that we don't have the same access to firearms that you guys do. You simply can't go around shooting people, which is what a lot of you Americans seem to think is OK. As for the rise in sales of medieval weapons, I can safely say that I haven't heard of a battle axe or morning star murder in a long time. Easy access to guns means easy access to kill somebody, on the spur of the moment it's going to be much harder to beat someone to death than point and shoot. Our gun crime is bad enough as it is, and they're illegal; if they were legal we'd probably have a bigger problem than you, but we don't because we have the common sense to realize that if you have a million guns lying around some of them will be used to kill people, which is your right, I understand that. I don't have access to the Chronicle at the moment because I'm back in the UK, but if you have a reply please e-mail, but in the meantime watch Bowling for Columbine, and it may open your eyes a little.
Chris Spalton
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