In response to the guest column by Stephen Hodgson ("It's time for new gun-control legislation," The Daily News, Oct. 16): Hodgson states that if a person needs a weapon, he should join the National Guard or get a hunting license, in which case he would need the gun only during hunting season.
Since I am 82 years old, I doubt that the National Guard would accept me as a volunteer. And since I have no desire to kill animals, I don't have a hunting license. Anyway, people hunt with rifles or shotguns, not pistols, and it would be difficult to keep a rifle or shotgun on a bedside table.
I have owned pistols all my life, and have never posed a threat to any law-abiding person. More lives could have been saved by confiscating Ted Kennedy's driver license than by confiscating my guns.