Re "Gun control takes center stage" (Page A1, Jan. 15): The ecstasy of the caress; the squeeze of the trigger; the firmness of the kick; the thrill of the flash-bang; and the exhilaration of the exploding target, be it a cold silhouette on paper, or warm-blooded animal oblivious of the projectile coming its way. Who would want to take that away?
How about the right to own a gun the Founding Fathers unfortunately indelibly inked into a document so relevant for their times more than 200 years ago. Again, who would dare change that?
Consider the surgeon, or more likely the pathologist, contemplating what to do with a mass of pulverized bone, shredded tissue, exploded organs, and gross body disfigurement, all the result of mass times velocity times multiple projectiles.
Now throw in the image of your child or grandchild lying on a cold slab, her body too small to handle such destruction. Who wants responsibility for that?
-- Anthony M. Villanueva, Folsom