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Letter: iPhone dangers make writer wonder about weapons

I just listened to an interview with the San Bernardino chief of police related to the FBI request for Apple to unlock the phone of the killer. His position was consistent with most law enforcement agencies on the issue of Apple's obligation to develop software to break encryption of iPhones. One of his last comments struck me. He said "the larger issue is do we want companies to have the right to create something that would be that much of a potential danger." It made me wonder if the same question could refer to the manufacturers of automatic weapons.

Regarding the widespread hysteria over terrorist attacks in this country I find it sad that this relatively rare occurrence is considered so much more of a threat than the thousands of killings committed by Americans against (usually innocent) Americans every week. We seem to fear the mouse more than the lion!

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Chris Batten

Taneytown

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