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Friday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Carrillo's return</b>

EDITOR: I was reading how the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors criticized Efren Carrillo's return Tuesday, saying he gave short notice and it was disruptive. No matter when Carrillo returned, it was going to be a media circus and major disruption of the board meeting. What better day than Tuesday? The agenda was small, and only three of the supervisors were present. Susan Gorin has stated that the next meeting, on Sept. 10, has a very full agenda and much work needs to be done. Carrillo's attendance at that meeting will have less fanfare and be more productive. I make no judgment of Carrillo's activities; that is for the courts to decide. I do wish him luck on his recovery.

KATHLEEN TURNER

Santa Rosa

<b>A sad ploy</b>

EDITOR: What looked like a couple good ol' boys having fun at the range was really a sad ploy ("Shooting for gun bill," Saturday). Rep. Mike Thompson and Mark Kelly, who claim that they are supporters of the Second Amendment, are not what they seem. The last words of the Second Amendment are explicitly clear: "shall not be infringed."

This bill is a clear act of infringement. The purpose of the Second Amendment was not hunting, not recreational shooting, not even home defense. It was designed as a way for citizens to remove a tyrannical government from power. If the government regulates who can own a gun, it controls the people who keep it accountable.

There is no way to have a background check system without also having registration. Kelly and Thompson are trying to convince the population that they are average people who enjoy shooting and support these background checks. If they do, why shouldn't you? Background checks have been proven to be ineffective at reducing crime. The vast majority of crimes involving guns have been committed with a gun that was acquired through illegal means.

I urge everyone to contact Thompson and let him know that you do not support his background-check proposition.

BEN GIBSON


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