Regarding Jeanne Rieber's Aug. 23 letter ("Instruments of Death"):
"Military-style" weapons do not go hand in hand with school shootings. If one consults the Special Report on Firearms Violence prepared by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, and released just this past May, you'll find that Ms. Rieber's concerns are just so much hyperbole. Far fewer children die in school from any kind of weapons attack than die from lightning strikes in any given year.
Would Ms. Rieber be acting prudently if she blamed the Corvette for the death of a child, rather than the drunk behind the wheel? In a similar fashion, why blame a weapon when murderers are responsible for their actions?
It is high time that the nation take on gun violence in the same way it took on drunken driving. Let's quit wasting time trying to tell Field & Stream stores what they should or should not stock on their shelves. Prohibition didn't reduce alcoholism. Who really thinks that a ban on military-style weapons will stop school shootings?