Letters to the Editor

Statement on guns clarified

Ted Smith (Letters, “Untrue statements,” Oct. 31) took what I said in my letter (“Register gun users,” Oct. 20) completely out of context.

I did not say that “owning a gun is not a right.” I would agree with him that such a statement would be a blatant untruth. What I said was “I believe that owning a gun is not a right but a privilege, like driving a car.”

In the interest of syntax and precise communication, let me rephrase it this way: I believe that owning a gun should be treated like a privilege, not a right.

I think most readers got where I was going with my letter. As for Mr. Smith, well, I hope this clarifies it for you.

Victor Montalban, Arroyo Grande