Re "Gun Buyback Won't Work" (Letters, Jan. 8) I agree with letter writer Irene Stadt that lowlifes like the New Years Eve alleged shooter won't be likely to turn their guns in, but she overlooks some important points. First, many of the guns that criminals obtain are stolen.
Second, drive-by shootings and mass killings account for only a small share of the 35,000 gun deaths that occur annually. The vast majority are the result of suicides, accidental shootings, or disputes among family or friends that would not turn deadly if there were no gun.
The simple fact is that the more guns are out there - and the stronger our gunslinger mentality - the more likely it is that some will be used to kill innocent people.
-- Lawrence Brann-Smith, Auburn