No evidence of effectiveness of gun laws

02/26/2014 10:02 AM

02/27/2014 1:55 PM

Re "Blind to the success of California’s gun laws" (Another View, Feb. 25): The commentary stating that gun laws in California help cut homicides is full of outdated 2010 information and misleading statements.

In 2012, the murder rate in Texas, with some of the least gun control in the country was 4.4 per 100,000 people. That same year in California it was 5 per 100,000.

So is the writer saying that the citizens of California are so far below those of Texas on the evolutionary scale that even with the strongest gun laws in the country we still have a higher murder rate than Texas, which has some of the weakest laws? Gun control reducing homicides? The facts just don't support it.

-- George Alger, Placerville

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