Re "Only a broad approach to gun violence will work" (Editorials, Feb. 5): Predictably, The Bee's editorial board dances around the real issues in gun violence. Chicago has the most restrictive firearms laws in the nation, yet has a massive and climbing rate of gun violence, even to the point of the likes of Jesse Jackson calling for armed personnel to keep the peace. Doesn't that tell you anything?
What about more widespread police "stop and frisk" policies? What about enforcing current stringent, effective mandatory sentencing laws for gun crimes? What about properly managing the current background check system, originally designed and proposed by the NRA? What about pushing needed reporting of mental illness cases, and their inclusion into the background check database? What about rational state mental health laws and mandatory treatment policies?
You want a "common sense" approach? That's common sense!
-- Michael Miro, El Dorado Hills