If only some­one had a gun ...

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “The most im­me­di­ate dan­ger,” edi­to­rial, June 7

The Times Edi­to­rial Board again mis­tak­enly fo­cuses on one in­stru­ment use to com­mit vi­o­lence — firearms — rather than the un­der­ly­ing causes of vi­o­lence. It seems doubt­ful that ab­sent a firearm, those who de­cide to com­mit sui­cide would not find other means, and many of the U.S. homi­cides com­mit­ted us­ing firearms oc­cur in a few high-crime ar­eas of large cities.

As the tragic at­tack last week­end in Lon­don re­minds us, other means ex­ist be­side firearms for ter­ror­ists and other crim­i­nals to com­mit heinous acts.

I sug­gest the edi­to­rial board and the state Leg­is­la­ture fo­cus on a dif­fer­ent but re­lated sub­ject: whether we would be safer in Cal­i­for­nia by is­su­ing con­cealed carry per­mits to law-abid­ing cit­i­zens who pass back­ground checks and are qual­i­fied by proper train­ing or ex­pe­ri­ence in the use of firearms.

The im­ages of de­fense­less peo­ple be­ing mowed down in Lon­don, Paris, San Bernardino, New­town and else­where are hor­rific and in­escapable. They keep re­mind­ing me of the harm that could have been avoided if a qual­i­fied per­son with a firearm were present to stop the car­nage. Robert C. Wright

San Diego ::

Your edi­to­rial cor­rectly high­lights the gun prob­lem we have, and the re­cent spate of killings is not only a re­flec­tion of too many guns in the wrong hands, but also a sig­nal that our politi­cians have al­lowed us to view this car­nage as the norm.

Al­though the events in Lon­don and Paris re­cently have high­lighted the evil of Is­lamist ter­ror­ism, the ab­sence of guns min­i­mized car­nage. Us­ing knives or ham­mers to kill in coun­tries where guns are hard to come by is ex­po­nen­tially more dif­fi­cult than the ease of shoot­ing some­one.

Our politi­cians need to be lob­bied in­ces­santly on this is­sue. David Rad­den


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