I liked Jack Crowe’s column [Making gun ownership more responsible, Viewpoints, Dec. 26], especially his recommendations at the end. He should know, though, that when I worked with violent teenage felons from 1973-1978, the weapon of choice was a non-sawed-off shotgun. I worked with a dozen housing project “children,” and seven of them had guns, always a long-bore shotgun hidden beneath black leather jackets. Maybe times have changed, but that is how it was then, and I suspect it hasn’t changed all that much.

John Jacob

Oak Park

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