I read with interest the recent letter to the editor by Mr. Richard Stagnoli regarding the need for gun control. So I decided to do a little test and some research, and here’s what I found.

First, I placed my Winchester Model 12, 30-inch, full-choke pump shotgun right in the doorway of my back door. I made sure three double-aught buckshot were loaded, one in the chamber and two in the magazine, and, of course, the safety was on. I also placed 10 more rounds on the table, right by the gun, and then left it there, as is, for 10 days. In the next five days, virtually nothing had happened, so I took a very bold step and placed the weapon off safety, thinking maybe my gun is not smart enough to go from “safe” to “fire.” In those 10 days, I had a number of friends/neighbors, one pest control technician, two air conditioner technicians and the house cleaning folks come through the back door, passing right by the weapon. In all 10 days, that gun had not budged and the extra shells were still exactly where I had placed them.

Based on Mr. Stagnoli’s thoughts and position on gun control, I was, to say at the very least, shocked. Something here is real wrong. Either the media, uninformed people, people who lack common sense, people who have on blinders, etc., are all wrong, or I just happen to have the laziest, stupidest, most useless shotgun in the entire world. Not only, in those 10 days, did it not just decide to fire off a round or two out of boredom, but it didn’t even have to go to the bathroom (heck, I can’t hold it near that long).

Now to my research. I find that the United States is third in murders, throughout the world. But, if you take out just four cities — Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans — the U.S. is fourth from the bottom in the entire world for murders. I also found that these four cities have the toughest gun control laws in the U.S., and all four of these cities are controlled by Democrats. By now, we certainly cannot draw any conclusions from all this data … can we?

If Stagnoli thinks “people kill, not guns” is tired and old, then he’ll just love “if guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns.”

Now, I do have to admit that this test and research was not only informative but fun. So now I’m off for my next research. Based again on the uninformed, etc., folks, it will focus on spoons and forks, as I have it on “good authority” that they are causing people to get fat.

John Buie

retired state employee

Baton Rouge