Re "Don't punish gun owners" (Letters, Jan. 28): The letter writer asks how the gun control laws are working out in England. Apparently pretty darn well.
In 2007 England and Wales had gun-related homicides of .07 per 100,000 people compared to 2.97 per 100,00 in the U.S. Gun ownership rates were 6.2 per 100 in England compared to 88.8 in the U.S. The overall murder rate that year was 2.1 per 100,000 in the U.K. versus 5.6 for the U.S. Take away the gun murders and we would be fairly close.
I, too, am a Marine Corps veteran but it gives me small comfort to know that almost 89 percent of my fellow citizens own firearms. Based on the number of people I see texting while driving, we seem to have a fairly large number of idiots in our midst. The thought that many of them have guns makes me cringe.
-- Larry Stark, Carmichael