Re "Laws seen as barrier to ATF effectiveness" (Page A1, Dec. 26): The article states that the ability of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "to thwart gun violence is hamstrung by legislative restrictions." This is misleading since the ATF must, like all law enforcement agencies, operate within a framework established by law.
The article's authors seem to advocate that any and all legislation should be passed so that the ATF (and I suppose other law enforcement agencies) could be allowed to operate with free rein. That could lead to abusive powers by the government -- something the founding fFathers had in mind when they included the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution.
-- Craig Mullis, Rocklin