Leah Gunn Barrett responded to Nicholas Kristof’s article “Our Blind Spot About Guns” on August 4th, 2014. She discussed the need for consumer safety regulations for the production of guns in order to keep Americans safe.
Re “Our Blind Spot About Guns,” by Nicholas Kristof (column, July 31):
Regulating motor vehicles, drivers and roads has saved countless lives. The same must be done for a product intended not to provide transportation but to kill people.
If we continue with business as usual, guns will kill more Americans than cars by 2015. They already do in 14 states and the District of Columbia. New York is not one of these states thanks to strong laws that keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Guns remain the only consumer product not regulated for health and safety by the Consumer Product Safety Commission thanks to the threats and intimidation by the corporate gun lobby on our easily cowed Congress.
Not long ago, a company selling smart guns was hounded and harassed by the corporate gun lobby, a lobby that has resisted the most basic product safety features like loaded chamber indicators. People kill people with both cars and guns, but at least our human fallibility is blunted and lives are saved by designing cars with safety in mind.
It’s a national shame that guns have been exempted from product safety regulation for so long. It just shows where Congress’s allegiance lies — with an unscrupulous corporate lobby and not with the safety and well-being of the American people.
LEAH GUNN BARRETT
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
New York, July 31, 2014