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Aiming for gun safety

Regarding the article "L.A. Gun Sales Take Off After South-Central Riots," May 22: Most men who purchase guns assume that they were born knowing how to shoot. Few seek instruction or give any thought to gun safety. Waiting periods for gun purchases are good, but age-limits and mandatory instruction and licensing of gun owners would be better. Jeff Johnson, San Francisco

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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