In “Times, and the need for guns, change” [Letters, Feb. 8], the writer claims that the average citizen’s need for guns has changed. He is correct, but not in the way he intends.

It may be true that we longer need to protect ourselves from “Indians and possible attacking armies from Europe.” However, different dangers are present today.

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28 percent of these burglaries, a household member was present, and 7 percent of the time, he or she experienced some form of violent victimization.

Despite the fact that we do have “trained, professional police to protect us,” officers need time to reach a crime in progress — assuming the victim has the opportunity to call them.

John Ryan, Flushing