It is everyone’s right to make an argument for what they believe, but they should not contradict the laws of science to make their point.

In a Feb. 5 letter, Harlie Peterson disagreed with the NRA’s contention that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” He stated “guns do kill people,” but he completely ignored Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion which states: “a body at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.”

Therefore, if I place a loaded gun on a table in the middle of Times Square, it will remain there, gathering dust and harming no one until hell freezes over, unless some jerk picks it up and uses it.

Untouched by human hands, that gun is no more dangerous than a car, an airplane, a baseball bat or a multitude of other things, all of which can kill and have killed. We need to stop blaming inanimate objects with no mind of their own for the failings of human beings, some of whom also have no mind of their own.

Terry LaPora