Letters to the Editor

Gun control, great America

In this Dec. 27, 2012 file photo, a variety of military-style semi-automatic rifles obtained during a buyback program are displayed at Los Angeles police headquarters.
In this Dec. 27, 2012 file photo, a variety of military-style semi-automatic rifles obtained during a buyback program are displayed at Los Angeles police headquarters. Associated Press file

Easy solution for gun control

Re “Toward a more focused approach to gun safety” (Editorials, July 10): The editorial cites many sensible no-brainer restrictions that have already been, or should have been, enacted. It falls short of the most obvious and easiest measure to reduce mass shootings. We will never stop all shootings, but we can limit the number of people killed with one weapon.

Growing up in New Jersey, it was illegal to use a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells when hunting. If we care enough about wildlife, why can’t we express the same care for human life when it comes to the magazine capacity of a gun?

It is illegal to possess a machine gun in this country; it should also be illegal to possess assault rifles. Assault weapons have no purpose other than to kill mass numbers of people quickly. Only when our lawmakers have the courage to stand up to the NRA and remove them from society will we stop the carnage.

John Leclercq,

Rancho Cordova

Yes, America is a great country

Re “America is great and I’ll tell you why” (Forum, July 10): Thank you, Jack Ohman, for reminding us that America is great. How correct you are.

We do not have to make it great again (thank you, Donald). But, we have to improve upon the execution of keeping it great with a strong middle class; tolerance for different lifestyles, religious beliefs and ideas; and respect for individuals and for our established institutions.

You don’t believe we are great? Despite our flaws, look around and compare our country, institutions and justice system with others.

Thank you for a very important reminder.

Leo Winternitz,

Carmichael

America is still great indeed

I say again as we said in the Coast Guard: America is indeed great, has always been so, despite its flaws and will remain so as long as our political and moral culture prevails as it has for over two centuries by maintaining the peace and deterring aggression.

So, kudos to Jack Ohman for echoing my earlier written sentiments and refuting Donald Trump, who is totally unfit in character to be the nation’s leader.

John R. Williams,

Rancho Cordova

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