LETTER:Hammers v. guns

I’m offering an alternative perspective to the Nov. 5 letter to the editor, “Ban Hammers.”

The writer states “Or, we could recognize the fact that regardless of the tool used, gun or hammer, it is the person holding it and their intent that determines whether it is a deadly weapon.”

Please consider the following.

How many 6- and 7-year old children at Sandy Hook Elementary would be dead if Adam Lanza had been holding a hammer instead of an AR-15-style rifle and 300 rounds of ammunition?

How many students and staff at Marjory Stone Douglas High School would be dead if Nikolas Cruz had a hammer in his hand instead of firing 150 shots from an AR-15-style rifle?

How many concert goers would be dead if Stephen Paddock had thrown hammers out of a Las Vegas hotel window instead of unloading 1,000 bullets from a firearm equipped with a bump stock?

Sadly, this list could go on and on and on.

I can’t help but wonder who might be dead had David DePape brought a gun to the Pelosi home instead of a hammer.

Diane Flynn

Port Angeles