So, Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, thinks buying a gun is like “buying a chainsaw, which requires no permit” (Sun Journal, “Will concealed carry expand, Feb. 15)?

Chainsaws are designed to cut wood and are, incidentally, quite dangerous, like lawnmowers, blenders and automobiles.

Guns are designed for killing, whether animals or people, and to ignore that purpose is irresponsible.

Blockbuster horror movies aside, who am I going to kill with my chain saw? Me. So allowing me to decide whether to educate myself or not is entirely appropriate.

Who has been killed by guns? Many, many, many people besides their owners. So for society to require proof of both education and responsibility is entirely reasonable.

Seri Lowell, Buckfield

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