Letters to the Editor

San Bernardino shooting, NRA, gun control

A couple embraces following a shooting that killed 14 people Wednesday at a social services facility in San Bernardino.
A couple embraces following a shooting that killed 14 people Wednesday at a social services facility in San Bernardino. The Press-Enterprise

Arms merchants are real terrorists

Re “A day of horror” (Page 1A, Dec. 3): The world quite appropriately mourned the tragedy in Paris; but, sadly, that is “just another day” in the United States.

Yet again, we have deranged human beings using easy access to weapons of mass destruction that are designed for war to state their grievances. As a result, innocent human beings pay the ultimate price for this madness.

That the NRA and its supporters resist any effort at reasonable control of these awful weapons says a great deal about their lack moral perspective and denial of the basic right of humans to live in safety.

Like many others, I am sick of weak-kneed, morally bereft politicians who sell what little remains of their collective souls to the arms merchants who are the real terrorists in America. There is no reason to own weapons like those so often used for these awful purposes. Hunting and self-protection do not demand such powerful weapons.

Stephen R. Hoover,


The NRA is our domestic ISIS

If the media and politicians insist on calling the almost daily mass shootings in this country domestic terrorism, then the NRA is the domestic ISIS.

The NRA enables unfettered access to guns in this country by fighting every sensible gun control measure proposed. Heck, they even provide training on how to shoot guns, just like ISIS. Republicans always try to make it a mental health issue. But the fact remains – if the mentally ill did not have access to guns, legal or illegal, there would not be mass shootings.

Ken Anderson,


How to stop taking away innocent lives

Murdering innocent people has been a trend in today’s society. It’s no longer safe to walk down the street or, for that matter, go to Planned Parenthood. It’s been hard witnessing these killings. Fearing, one day, I could be going to school and experience something horrific. What happened in San Bernardino is unjust and cruel. We, as a society, should be coming together in order to get rid of these mass shootings.

As residents of California, it is our duty to confront the problems in our cities. Together, we can help take care of our families.

Angelica Estrada, Stockton

Why must we live in fear?

Re “San Bernardino shooting shocking, yet almost normal” (Editorials, Dec. 3): Normal: adhering to a typical pattern. Let’s see, if an average of 88 people die daily from gun violence in the U.S., that’s 32,120 each year. Are we willing to accept this as normal?

As for the perpetrators, the media suggest they share a consistent ideological motivation, but UCLA’s Jeffrey Simon, who studies mass shootings, points out, “They really cut across the spectrum of political and religious ideologies. You have personal, political, criminal motivations, and sometimes shooters act out their fantasies.”

And the result, as The Sacramento Bee’s editorial suggests, “It seems there’s no safe place from mass shootings.” So the question remains, must we live in fear as we work, see a movie, eat out or attend school?

Sens. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Rep. Paul Ryan suggest prayer is the answer to calming our fears. Here’s another idea: How about a national referendum of what to do about gun violence?

Jack Pelletier,

El Dorado Hills

Shootings are the new normal

Sadly, it is true that it is almost normal to have shootings every day. We have more days with mass shootings than days without – 209 days with a shooting out of 336 this year. The only places that have more shootings are war zones.

Unlike most developed countries, we are unable or unwilling to do anything about it. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to notice that the one thing these shootings have in common is a gun. A rational person would think that controlling guns would be a good place to start in fixing the problem. Countries that have controlled guns do not have nearly the number of shootings – Australia and Canada, for example. Gun control may not solve the problem, but it would be a good start.

Robert Rice, Sacramento


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