Shooting is not a pastime for deviants: Letter

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The Independent Online
Sir: A witch-hunt is easy to start, less easy to control (Bryan Appleyard, 1 August). Those who pursue shooting in all its many variants as a pastime are all members of the public, many with wives, or husbands, and children, not some curious deviants.

I have enjoyed target shooting since joining my school rifle club, more years ago than I care to remember, and now particularly enjoy shooting replica 18th and 19th century firearms, including pistols. I also enjoy driving my vintage Austin. Both hobbies involve an appreciation of design, engineering and performance, and skill in handling and maintaining. For which do I wear my "loony" hat?

Are all of us who extend our skills and knowledge via hobbies "loonies"?