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John Hanchey, left, general manager and chief instructor for Baton Rouge's Firearms Range & Clothing Indoor Range & Training Facility, and Baton Rouge Police Department Community Services Director Lt. Pamela Brunner, right demonstrate how to use a gun lock on an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle to render it inoperable, at a launch of Project ChildSafe, a program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and secure storage of guns, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at BRPD headquarters.

In his recent letter, James L. Peay II made a weak and embarrassing attempt to negate the obvious correlation between private ownership of weapons of war, including rapid-fire rifles, and the horrendous rate of deaths by homicide in America.

He states “In the United Kingdom, homicide rates were at an all-time high in 2018.” Well! Are we to conclude that in the UK, where gun ownership is around 4.6 per 100 people (compared to 120+ for United States) the equation, more guns = more deaths, just doesn’t add up?

Letters: Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting

Now stare for a moment at what Peay’s quoted statistic really says. How many deaths are we talking about when Peay refers to our tea-sipping cousins? It’s an estimated 12 people (homicides) per million annually. (And alarmingly headed toward ... 15?)

For comparison, per million people, United States buries close to 526 each year due to homicide. That's 526 versus 12.

Peay is correct on one point: The current discussion about the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting.

Paula Cannon


New Orleans