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July 23, 2012 | By David Lauter
As the political debate over gun control heats up in the aftermath of the mass killing in Aurora, Colo. , here are three important trends to keep in mind: Criminal violence in America has dropped to levels not seen in more than a generation, the percentage of Americans owning guns is down and public support for gun control measures has plummeted as well. Do fewer Americans own guns now because crime has dropped so much? Or has crime dropped in part because fewer Americans own guns?
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
The air of compelling melancholy that hangs over all of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic policiers is especially inescapable while watching his 1972 "Un Flic. " This was the last film the director finished before dying of a heart attack at age 55, and it has many of the traits that have made him a favorite for fans of crime films in general and the French variety in particular. Melville had a celebrated cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," playing the literary celebrity interviewed by Jean Seberg who says his ambition is "to become immortal and die," a state his 13 films, including such gems as "Le Samuraï," "Army of Shadows" and "Bob le Flambeur," have enabled him to achieve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999
Re "Davis' Middle Road Is Seen as Logical Course," Sept. 12: Is it only a coincidence that Gov. Gray Davis is as far to the right as his GOP predecessors on crime and punishment and that the California Correctional Police Officers Assn. contributed over $2 million to the Davis campaign in 1998 and that prisoners cannot vote and generally have little means to give political contributions? DOUG KIESO Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1988
Re "CBS Puts 'Frank's Place' Out of Business," Steve Weinstein's Oct. 5 article on the cancellation of the fine TV series: CBS is committing Frankicide--a reprehensible crime for which there is no forgiveness. Reconsider. PHILIP LEMPERT Beverly Hills Please keep letters brief and include full name, address and phone number. Mail to Calendar Letters, L.A. Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.
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