As I was reading Cathie Whittenburg’s excellent piece on the health risks of guns (Feb. 19), I was reminded of a conversation I had with a state legislator a couple years ago during the effort to expand MaineCare under the Affordable Care Act.

When I mentioned a recent study done by Harvard researchers that estimated the number of people who would die without access to health care, with a wave of his hand, he stated, “Oh, I don’t pay any attention to those Harvard studies.”

Sadly, I’m afraid Whittenburg’s well-thought-out, fact-filled piece may meet the same stone wall. The evidence is clear that guns don’t make us safer, yet those who are convinced that any restrictions are part of a government plot to disarm everyone will continue clinging to that belief as well as to their guns.

Maryann Larson

Portland