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September 15, 2006

Re "Rates of Slayings and Gun Violence Are Up," Sept. 11

While we are remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died Sept. 11, 2001, are we forgetting the nearly 17,000 victims of homicide who died in 2005? Those deaths also changed lives forever. Most were also innocent victims. If we are now living in fear of another 9/11, how about the millions who live in daily fear of drive-by shootings and deadly crossfire? Is this the civilization we are fighting to defend? Where is the real war on terror being fought?

As we spend billions fighting international terror, how much are we spending fighting domestic terror?

LOUISE WILDE

Long Beach

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