Re "Gun control supposition and reality" (Dan Walters, Jan. 30): As usual, Dan Walters' understanding of the Legislature and its knee-jerk reaction to random tragic events is excellent. In response to the Sandy Hook school tragedy, legislators ignore their failure to fund enforcement of existing laws and focus on new, more restrictive laws that will also not be enforced. Why is this?
As one who worked in the Legislature for about five years, I sadly observed that many of our esteemed representatives don't really care much about the substance of these bills; they just want their name on a bill that reacts to the tragic event. It is a political opportunity, a chance to be seen as "doing something," showing "leadership." They know that their new laws will infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to prevent another crazy person from committing another irrational, tragic act, but, they get the media attention. Shame on them.
-- James W. Rushford, Sacramento