Re "Old Sac shooting suspect booked; couple also face charges" (Our Region, Jan. 6): As we learn more about the Old Sac shooting, we discover the culprit was a young, hot-tempered punk, something no society ever has had a shortage of.
The scenario played out exactly as the NRA recommends: good guy with a gun confronts a bad guy with a gun. The result: two innocent people dead and three injured.
Let's imagine how this would play out in any country with serious gun control, such as Australia, England, Germany. You pick. Young men get drunk and act stupid in all of them.
The punk picks a stupid fight over a spilled drink. There's a fistfight, he spends a night in jail, and maybe gets to grow up, get some sense and become a responsible citizen and taxpayer. Instead, two innocent people are dead, and his life is effectively over too. What part of this includes a well-regulated militia?
-- Francisco Prieto, MD , Sacramento