Published DateTo the editor,
This missive is in response to James Veverka's letter on Tuesday, Jan. 15. First, I'd like to recommend that Mr. Veverka find himself a hobby to take up some of his time of which he seems to have an abundance. He must spend hours on the MSNBC website doing his statistical research. I'm not going to critique his statistics, in fact I'm going to request that he do more. I would like him to take the murder rates from the largest urban areas in the country, such as Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, D.C. and others that fit the criteria. These areas also have the most stringent gun laws in the country. I would also ask him to take these numbers and deduct them from the numbers from the country overall. I'm sure he will be "shocked" to find that the areas with the toughest gun laws have the highest murder rates and the rest of us are just kind of fuzzy peachy nice people who use our "legally" owned firearms "legally".
The problems those areas have are the people who inhabit them and not the tools they use. The F.B.I. statistics show that in, I believe it was 2011, there were more murders by the use of hammers then of so-called assault rifles. Two of the most gruesome murders in N.H. history, which happened in the last few years, were the result of assaults with bladed weapons. I'm going to take you back to the case that involved the Zantops, who if memory serves me correctly were residents of Etna. The perpetrators of those murders approached the next door neighbor's home prior to going to the Zantops. This neighbor went to the door with a gun in his hand and the perps quickly left after blurting out something about his being the wrong address. They then went to the Zantops who invited them in and you know the rest of the story. So please Mr. Veverka, stop pontificating on the subject of gun control and take up knitting, but be careful you don't injure yourself.