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OPINION
February 21, 2013
Re "State getting guns out of some hands," Feb. 19 In reviewing the massive backlog related to California's excellent program to confiscate guns from convicted felons and others on the state's Armed Prohibited Persons list, is it at all possible that a simple letter with a 10-day deadline that offers amnesty in exchange for the voluntary surrender of the weapon, as opposed to a surprise visit from a SWAT team, might very well have a positive effect...
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OPINION
March 19, 2013
Re "Assault weapons ban advances," March 15 In supporting her bill to ban assault weapons, Sen. Dianne Feinstein recounts her experience as a San Francisco supervisor in 1978 with the senseless slayings of her colleagues Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. Bringing this up in a discussion about banning assault weapons is a bit disingenuous. The gunman, former Supervisor Dan White, was an ex-police officer who used his service revolver. He reloaded it with the extra rounds of ammunition he had in his pocket in addition to the six rounds in the gun. He did not use an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine.
OPINION
December 15, 2012
Re "Gunman at Oregon mall kills 2 victims, then himself," Dec. 12 Does the National Rifle Assn. want us to believe this deranged man, who was using a holiday-packed mall as his shooting range, deserved 2nd Amendment protection? It's time the outrageously powerful NRA understood what our Founding Fathers had in mind regarding the meaning of a "well regulated militia. " Jerold Drucker Camarillo ALSO: Letters: Cheering on All Saints Church Letters: U.S.-funded violence in Congo Letters: When should government get involved?
OPINION
February 17, 2013
Re "Dorner case shows folly of armed fight with government," Column, Feb. 14 George Skelton's conclusion from the Dorner affair that armed Americans could never successfully fight their government is contrary to what transpired. At the most base level, Dorner won: He killed two officers, but the police only got one. Further, if Dorner was indeed hiding within line of sight of the search command center in Big Bear, he could have killed more. Of even greater significance is the psychological victory Dorner had over the LAPD.
OPINION
May 4, 2013
It's not often that an article appearing deep inside the paper touches a nerve with readers. But the story of a 2-year-old Kentucky toddler accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he received as a gift drew nearly a dozen letters, a sizable haul for a short article appearing on Page A-13 of Thursday's Times. Reader Lynn Segal of Woodland Hills, whose letter was published Friday, objected to the article being "relegated" to inside the paper, arguing that "firearms responsibility is one of the top issues of our time.
OPINION
February 3, 2013
Re "GOP bill proposes arming teachers," Jan. 31 Following the 9/11 attacks, pilots were allowed to carry guns in the cockpit. Now some California Republicans want teachers to be armed. Who is next? Have we become totally unhinged? In New Zealand, even police officers usually don't carry guns. They know arming themselves encourages would-be criminals to do likewise. New Zealand has more sheep than people, and we have almost as many guns as people. Maybe the Kiwis know something we don't.
OPINION
March 21, 2013 | By the Los Angeles Times editorial board
The 58% of Americans who favor a ban on assault weapons got a sad lesson in Washington politics this week when a major bill to end their sale, and to eliminate the high-capacity magazines that allow mass killers to do their awful work without pausing to reload, was effectively squelched . The reason? After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) drafted an improved version of her former assault weapons ban, which was passed in 1994 but allowed to expire by Congress in 2004, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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