Re "Crime Up in 2001, FBI Says," Oct. 29: Let's not assume this is a done deal. The dramatic declines in the 1990s were no accident, despite the fact that experts can't pinpoint a single reason. Why should they be? Violence has many causes and, so, many solutions. In our state, for example, there was an enormous increase in funding for youth crime and violence prevention programs, from $8.3 million in fiscal year 1992-93 to $373.7 million in fiscal year 2001-02. About half as many handguns were sold in 2000 as were in 1993 and, what a surprise, in 2000 there were half as many homicides because of firearms.