To the Editor.
—I continue to be taken aback by the good intentions and bad proposals of my colleagues on the difficult issue of guns and safety.1 As a longtime shooter and hunter, I am determined that my son and his sons in turn will enjoy the same outdoor adventure that I have enjoyed. That means that I will not be inappropriately taxed and restricted for my legitimate and constitutionally guaranteed rights. Likewise, as a physician, I can no longer support my own organization, the National Rifle Association, in its position favoring a complete lack of regulation.Why must I be at odds with both groups in which I share membership? Stated otherwise, why can't our society move to a middle-of-the-road, reasonable position that will benefit all? Everyone should agree that accidental or deliberate deaths or injuries involving firearms are an outcome that we should all actively work to
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