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Letter: A Deadly Combination

To the Editor:

The Jan. 16 letter “Don’t Blame the Weapons” referred to a quote from the Jan. 14 New Yorker magazine in relation to the Sandy Hook massacre. The quote was a statement by Lou Spina of the Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range in New York City that the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put an armed policeman in every school made perfect sense. This reflects the same old NRA slogan, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

It is reasonable to conclude that if the Sandy Hook killer hadn’t had access to a military-style assault weapon, a lot of lives most likely would have been saved. The underlying cause of these massacres is not guns or people, but a deadly combination of the two. So, we need to look at both guns and people in order to arrive at a sensible solution for this horrendous epidemic, which is unique to the United States.

Sikhar N. Banerjee

New London