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Letters: Newtown Shootings And 'Seasteading'

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Time now for your letters but, first, two corrections. On Friday, during our continuing coverage of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, we made a factual error. We said that Nancy Lanza, the mother of the shooter, was associated with Sandy Hook Elementary. She was not associated with the school.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

In another story yesterday, Laura Sydell reported on a gathering of people who are interested in starting new countries in international waters off the coast of California, mainly to avoid U.S. laws. She misidentified one of the people at the meeting. Adam Jones, not Jason Sussberg, said this:

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BLOCK: Now to your comments about my interview yesterday with Malcolm Brady, the retired assistant director with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. We spoke yesterday about the AR-15, the semi-automatic weapon used in the Connecticut school shooting, as well as the July attack in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

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SIEGEL: Several of you took issue with the word cool in Mr. Brady's description of this weapon, including Gloria Trattles(ph) of Bethesda, Maryland, who called it revolting. She writes this: I literally almost had to pull over my car to get over the nausea he induced.

BLOCK: Kevin Lonie(ph) of Bedford, New Hampshire, also thought the word cool was a poor choice in the wake of the school shooting, but he also wanted to explain why the gun has this appeal. Lonie writes: To me, a quality weapon is interesting because of the engineering that goes into it. The various features that each weapon has makes them interesting.

SIEGEL: We appreciate your comments. You can send them to us at npr.org, just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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BLOCK: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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