To the editor: I am a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn. Owner of many modern sporting rifles (sometimes called “assault weapons”). If doing so would stop mass shootings, I would gladly give up those guns. (“Even Republican voters want more gun laws. Why not be their representatives?Opinion, April 11).
But we all know mass shootings never stop, right? They only proceed with revolvers or pump action guns.
If the goal is to save some lives, there are many things we can do to achieve that. Surely if we all only drove 40 mph on the freeway, that would save a lot of lives. Speed governors can be installed on all cars – why should anyone go 80 miles per hour?
We can install car ignition keys to prevent drunk driving. Surely these changes will save more lives than any ban on assault weapons. But gun grabbers want other people to make sacrifices to make them feel safer.
last year, The Times reported The Los Angeles Police Department has basically banned fake traffic stops. Buried in the article, there were 374 fewer firearms seizures in the five months after that change than in the same period a year ago. Will one of these guns be used in the next mass shooting?
Chris Duke, Simi Valley
To the editor: If the Supreme Court believes that decisions about a girl’s right to have a baby or not should be left up to the states, then why don’t we repeal the Second Amendment and let each state decide whether and how to own firearms? Is it controlled?
Rita Zwern, Burbank
To the editor: Keeping track of the number of shooting deaths in the United States each year is staggering. No other country in the world comes close to us with such widespread death. This was unthinkable when the Framers wrote the 2nd Amendment.
Modern news coverage helps us keep better track of this daily carnage, much like factories have a “scoreboard” showing the number of days since the last accident to encourage safety.
According to the Gun Violence Archive In 2023, more than 11,500 people will die from gun violence in the US. Along with its weather report, it is a great service to The Times that it records the daily shootings.
Mark Green, Pacific Palisades
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