Letters to the Editor

Gun control won’t end shootings

Volkswagen ornaments sit in a box in a scrap yard in Berlin.
Volkswagen ornaments sit in a box in a scrap yard in Berlin. AP

Gun control won’t end shootings

Re “A big step forward for sane sentencing” and “An achingly familiar tragedy in Oregon” (Editorials, Oct. 2): The Bee ran two editorials, one praising sane sentencing, which translates to reduced sentences, and the other referencing the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

Unfortunately, the points in those two editorials won’t reduce the chance for another Oregon tragedy; they will enhance it.

A parolee arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition would come to the Sacramento County jail and get a 10-day vacation and be returned to the street to ply his trade. That’s sane sentencing?

If you look at the deadliest cities in the nation, you will find strict gun control in almost all. A huge amount of so-called gun violence is gang-related.

Supporting failed gun control policies while supporting the continued release of dangerous people back to the street will only help to ensure these tragedies that the editorial called “achingly familiar” stay just that, familiar.

George Alger, Placerville

Leniency has led to rise in crime

Re “City sees huge jump in violent crime” (Page 1A, Oct. 11): We should not be surprised that there is a rise in violent crime. Implied permission was given with the passage of Proposition 47 and lack of accountability for drug crimes. Too many people believe that drug crimes are low-level offenses.

Certainly, there is real evidence that certain people have difficulty regulating their own behavior, and we somehow think they will just do a little dope and stop. Insanity.

Criminals know they have the upper hand on law enforcement right now, so they are simply getting more bold and reckless. Gangs are sustained by the underworld economy of illegal drugs. Many of us saw this coming.

Sadly, Proposition 47 was zealously marketed with poor strategic implementation. Unfortunately, there are real victims of this pendulum swing.

Maggi Schubert, Sacramento

Thanking Johnson for crime surge

I’d like to thank Mayor Kevin Johnson and his supporters for all they have done for our great city. In their efforts to make Sacramento a “world-class city,” they have succeeded in increasing crime, violence, traffic congestion, pedestrian traffic fatalities and housing prices.

Johnson worked tirelessly to keep the Kings here. If only he had done half as much for the students, seniors and middle-class families who live here.

Johnson plans to add 15 police officers per year, but that will not change nightlife in Sacramento. The mayor’s focus has been to aid businesses and developers to bring more money into the city’s coffers. Sacramento was a great city and a gem before Johnson took the reins. Now, it’s just like every other overpriced and crime-ridden city. Thanks so much.

Mary Bane, Sacramento

VW bosses should face charges

Re “VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault” (sacbee.com, Oct. 8): Treating corporations as individuals under the law is problematic because corporations receive lenient treatment when they are charged with crimes.

Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn claims VW’s emission cheating fraud is the result of bad behavior by underlings. No doubt VW will pay fines and a few underlings might get fired. But it’s unlikely that upper management will be held responsible in any meaningful way.

Defense lawyers for individuals would be laughed out of court if they claimed their clients shot, stabbed or robbed their targets because their hands were out of control. Yet this is the defense of Horn, former CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW’s board officers.

If we are to continue to treat corporations as individuals, we should hold corporate brain trusts responsible. That means bringing up VW’s German and American executives and its board members on fraud charges and, if convicted, having them serve jail time.

Rick Humphreys, Carmichael

It was genocide by any definition

Re “Sacramento State to add studies of genocide after dispute over Indian history” (Page 1A, Oct. 8) The fact that disease brought by Europeans to America wiped out a lot of Native Americans does not mean that the other method of killing them was not genocide. The intent was clear, advocated and supported by the United States government in the 1800s: Kill Indians.

The U.S. cavalry raided Indian villages, while the unsuspecting occupants slept, and shot and killed Indian men, women and children. Some settlers did the same. Native Americans were hunted like animals. This was genocide by any definition.

Richard Turner, Sacramento

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