Fear drives the fascination with guns [Letter]

Thanks to Dan Roderick for his forthright and analytical column on the Columbia Mall shooting ("Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25).

As the death rate shows, the U.S. is truly exceptional. I would gladly exchange my freedom to bear arms for the freedom of knowing that my children are free from firearms' violence in their schools and to know that I can go to a movie or shop in a mall with the same freedom.

I applaud the quotation of Dr. Gordon Livingston's statement: "Anyone who believes that they need to go about the world while armed has proven their cowardice. To have such an idea sanctioned by the state is an endorsement of the fear that we are not safe with each other."

Lois F. Sexton

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