The fact of the matter is that guns do not kill any more than do automobiles, airplanes, hammers, saws, pocketknives, ice picks, tire irons, kitchen knives, flatirons, ladies' spike heels, caustic soda, poisons, industrial explosives or any other instrumentality. It is the people who use them who bring about the evil.
It should be pointed out that Great Britain, which effectively disarmed its people, during and preceding World War II found itself faced with the unhappy situation of having to mount its home guard with pitchforks, flails, antique fowling pieces and wooden sticks when Hitler threatened his Operation Sea Lion across the English Channel in the early 1940s.
Certainly these facts should give serious pause to some of the hysterical proponents of antifirearms legislation, which so terribly threatens one of our fundamental rights and liberties already being eroded by an expanding population and housing boom.
JOHN D. DINGELL
YO-HO AND A HIGH SEA
Hugh Whall's piece on the Sunfish and Sailfish (Set a Sail on a Surfboard, Dec. 16) was a delight to this avid practitioner. But why didn't you show these boats at their two moments of supreme and most exhilarating performance? Sailing these things in a stiff breeze at the edge of the surf line is out of this world, especially if you catch a big roller to the beach and come in like an express train.
The joy of this is exceeded only by planing flat out before a 25-to-30-knot wind. When you've got a three-foot rooster tail off the stern and the shore line is zipping by faster than you think possible, there's only one thing to do. Yodel!
HARRIS E. ADRIANCE
Just how much effort did your basketball staff put forth this year to come up with the quite fictitious "top 20" (SCOUTING REPORTS, Dec. 9)? As of December 16, 15 of your top 20 teams had lost at least once with five of those losing twice, and one of those, mind you, losing four. Gentlemen, really! Who thought these predictions up? The San Francisco student body?
However, the blunder that really got under my skin and which you shall yet regret, was the complete snubbing of the Creighton University basketball power. As you observe Creighton playing in the NCAA tournament, you will once again have earned your reward—a second "stinking dead mackerel"!
The selection of the University of Texas as the No. 1 football team in the U.S. by both AP and UPI has made SPORTS ILLUSTRATED the outstanding prophet of 1963.
L. DEWITT HALE
Corpus Christi, Texas