Re "Case not about guns or race" (Letters, July 18): If you carry a weapon in the open, others have the opportunity to evaluate your sanity. Carrying a concealed weapon not only empowers the weak and insecure, but conceals their weakness and insecurity, emboldening them to act from a position of hidden power.
Carrying a concealed weapon should require a significantly higher degree of caution, care and responsibility. Making dumb decisions that result in someone dying should be sufficient reason for punishment.
On a related note, I bet that if minorities and the poor flooded local police agencies for concealed weapon permits we'd soon see some substantial changes in the requirements!
-- Steve Osterday, Sacramento