Re "Blind spot in crusade for rights" (Dan Walters, Sept. 1): Dan Walters wants evidence that California gun laws save lives. Glad to help. California has passed the nation's toughest laws and between 1990 and 2010 and reduced its firearm mortality rate by 52 percent -- 24 percentage points more than the rest of the nation.
However, more than 6,000 Californians are still shot each year, and nearly half of them die. There are still lethal gaps in our laws that enable people to possess magazines holding as many as 100 rounds and shoot rapid-rate-of-fire weapons almost continuously. Ammunition sales are virtually unregulated.
As Walters points out, gun sales are booming. And like previous bills, those under consideration do not unduly limit the rights of law-abiding citizens. But we need the proposed regulations. They will continue California's success at protecting our right to safety without infringing on the rights of gun owners.
-- Griffin Dix, Kensington