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LET THE PUBLIC SPEAK: More from readers on Newtown shooting

EDITOR: Bill Sleeth writes (“Securing schools,” Letters, Tuesday) that after the Newtown, Conn. shootings, schools should be surrounded by razor wire-topped fences with access controlled by armed guards. So this is the price U.S. citizens must pay so that a relatively few people can collect war weaponry for fear their own government will take away their guns?

I question that these notions are what our national founders had in mind to “insure domestic tranquility” as written in the first sentence of the Constitution.

Gun rights advocates say teachers should be armed. Guns are more likely to harm owners or those they love than protect as intended. The National Rifle Association says it will soon announce substantive ideas to prevent such events from recurring. Given that the NRA is funded by gun dealers and manufacturers, it seems unlikely those ideas will involve actual gun controls.

Chris Matthews of MSNBC said President Barack Obama not been criticized by gun rights advocates for failing protect the public from gun violence because the solution is not acceptable to them. Short of effective leadership, a Newtown massacre happens to children in this nation, in aggregate, every two days (Source: Children's Defense Fund).

JOEL E. FOX

Graton

Divesting from guns

EDITOR: Investors should check with their portfolio managers to see if any of their mutual fund holdings include companies that manufacture assault weapons. Pension holders may want to check with their pension fund administrators as well. I think you might be surprised at what you find. I have instructed my investment firm to discontinue any such investments in companies that manufacture assault weapons. I want no part of it, and I suspect that others want no part of it either.

MIKE VANDEVEER

Sebastopol

Violent games

EDITOR: I will not be drawn into the battle between the National Rifle Association and the anti-gun folks. Instead, I want to focus more on how Americans accept and glorify violence in video games while becoming morbidly offended over a naked female breast.

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