Editor,In a belated response to failed congressional candidate, Donna McAleer and her Feb. 8 anti-gun guest commentary ("Are we safer today?"), it's apparent that Army military police experience is no guarantee of sound thinking. Ms. McAleer is absolutely wrong when she says confiscation is not the ultimate goal of gun control advocates. The dirty secret is that liberals hate "power to the people," and rendering citizens defenseless removes any obstacle to whatever constitutional abuse progressives may wish to engage in their quest for utopia. They figure that if all human variables can be regulated through government control, we'll have paradise. The downside is that we might as well live in North Korea.