Sunday’s letter about guns deserves a response. I believe people are buying guns to protect themselves from a government that wants us unarmed! The state of Illinois has the most stringent gun laws in the country and more murder than anywhere else. Hammers kill more people every year than guns do so maybe we should ban hammers and confiscate all hammers that are out there also? The Second Amendment was put in place a long time ago to allow us to own guns and protect our property and our family’s from harm by other people or the government. Criminals do not abide by the law, that is why they are criminals. If the government removes our guns, only the government and the criminals will have guns and I believe we will be at the mercy of them both! Switzerland has a unique attitude toward guns. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture – but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept. The country has a population of 6 million, but there are estimated to be at least 2 million publicly owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. This is in a very large part due to Switzerland’s unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries. If you don’t believe that the government wants to remove your ability to protect yourself and your property then I believe you are not paying attention!