So now we find out the deadly bomb that exploded during the Boston Marathon comprised explosives, ball bearings and nails packed into a common pressure cooker (“Boston bombs used nail-packed pressure cookers, officials say,” Web, April 16). Since explosives are, for the most part, already illegal, they can’t be the problem. What we can most likely expect from the geniuses in Washington; Sacramento, Calif.; Albany, N.Y.; and elsewhere is to require background checks for anyone wishing to purchase nails or ball bearings, with strict limits on quantities.
The next step would be to ban the sale of all pressure cookers, especially the high-capacity types that certainly have the potential to kill more people. After all, no one has to cook a whole chicken at once.
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