Stocking up on guns

The article ``Seems a Lot of People Got Guns for Christmas,'' Jan. 7, contains an assertion by a Handgun Control Inc. spokeswoman to the effect that she doubts Americans are purchasing guns at a greater rate than normal because of the Brady Bill and other pending legislation.

If she truly doubts this, she should visit a number of sporting goods stores and ask the salespeople why their shelves are less well stocked than normal.

If she still doubts that Americans are rapidly arming themselves in anticipation of tighter gun controls, she should contact a few of the state agencies that receive handgun sales reports.

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Gun-control advocates tend to support measures that will have a far greater impact on the availability of weapons for the honest citizen than they will on the ability of the criminal to obtain weapons. William G. Dennis, Kelso, Wash.

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