Re "Guns rule life in south area neighborhood" (Page A1, Feb. 3) and "Do something worthy of Daniel in discussion of reducing gun violence" (Viewpoints, Jan. 31): The Sunday front-page story pointed out the irony in the gun control debate being sparked by recent massacres in suburban America. Meanwhile, neighborhoods like Lemon Hill more typically illustrate the effect of guns on society.
However, as stated by the parents of Daniel Barden, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, changes in current laws CAN make a difference. Four out of 10 gun sales are made without background checks. Our children are dying due to gun violence daily. A policy that improves background checks and forces all gun sellers to require them will prevent the deaths of our innocent children. Requiring a mental health evaluation in the background check will lower the number of guns that end up in the wrong hands.
-- Yohualli Balderas-Medina Anaya, Los Angeles