In your article "Talk about a loaded issue" (Top of the News, Mar. 14), how ironic that Russia and the U.S.--the principal protagonists in the cold war nuclear drama that threatened the world with Armageddon--now face self-destruction at the hands of undisciplined citizens armed to the teeth with the cheapest, and deadliest, weapons of all. What SS-20s and MIRVed Minutemen promised, shotguns and Saturday night specials can now achieve.

William L. Valenti

Seattle

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