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EXTRA LETTERS: Gun violence, gun control

Government firepower

EDITOR: With one killing incident after another, I think it’s time to take a close look at the demented people who do this stuff. Do we need protection from guns or insane people? Disarm this country? I don’t think so. I don’t want to be at the wrong end of one of these incidents with a slingshot.

The Second Amendment is about us protecting our country from a tyrannical government. Let’s see, the Department of Homeland Security decides to raid a house in Petaluma. It shows up with a tank, several dozen amateur cops, grenades, automatic weapons and dogs. And we are supposed to try and stop them with a .22 bolt action? They also have drones, night vision equipment, helicopters, machine guns and 450 million rounds of hollow-point ammo. Who doesn’t stand a chance here?

DAVID HAYNES

Santa Rosa

Gun violence

EDITOR: Your editorial regarding guns, safety and violence (“Reasonable steps to limit gunfire deaths,” Dec. 29) was dead center. You should repeat it once a week until real action is taken.

The gun lobby is so intent on cashing in on shooting tragedies. They reap huge profits from the sales of guns and ammunition. They only want answers that sell more guns and ammo — and expand the chances for tragedy.

I’d have been impressed if the gun lobby had responded to the Littleton, Colo. or Newtown, Conn. massacres with compensation to the families of the victims. No way, of course. They just point at the killers: “All their fault.” The hard truth is that the killers didn’t use marshmallows or toothpicks.

I hope Adam Lanza’s mom had a few seconds to regret how foolish she was to give him access to an arsenal — even knowing only the tip of the tragedy.

JACK RANNELLS

Calistoga

Regulating guns

EDITOR: The subject of gun control is very simple. When the Constitution was adopted, “guns” were only muzzle-loading flintlocks. Any subsequent development doesn’t fit that description and should be regulated. They should be treated like cars — registered and licensed and renewed every year. Like a car, they should have a paper trail through their existence. In this way, people who want muzzle-loaders can own as many as they want. Anything else would be regulated and licensed. As a gun owner, I consider this plan the most able to prevent inappropriate use.

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