People gather for an event called a 'Recess Rally' meant...

People gather for an event called a 'Recess Rally' meant to push the United States Senate to pass gun control legislation in New York on Aug. 18, 2019. Credit: EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/JUSTIN LANE

A reader worries that “when government starts taking away some rights in the interest of safety, all rights are at risk” [“Limits on arms threaten all rights,” Letters, Aug. 18].

I don’t know about you, but I am more than happy that the government has taken away my rights to: Go 100 mph on the Long Island Expressway. Not wear seat belts. Practice medicine without a license. Beat up my wife and children. Spray certain poisonous insecticides. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Why does it seem that guns are the only dangerous item that gets an exception from sane safety rules?

Richard Beckman,



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