Carry concealed handguns

We've been subjected to the horrific actions of a deranged man.

We may never know why he shot the children and adults at Sandy Hook school, but we do know the reaction many people will express: "Guns are evil and must be banned."

Guns are not evil, people are evil. We'll always have evil lawbreaking people. There's no way to prevent them from existing.

Banning gun ownership will keep law-abiding citizens from owning guns, not evil lawbreakers. Laws don't stop criminals.

We can help make the general public safer by allowing law-abiding citizens the option of carrying concealed handguns. If the teachers in Newtown, Conn., had the right to carry handguns at work, it's possible fewer people would have lost their lives.

The police can't be everywhere at once. Legitimate studies have shown violent crime percentages are lower in areas where honest citizens have the right to carry concealed weapons. Criminals don't want to confront people who can defend themselves.

Let's pray for those who lost loved ones and for the souls of those who perished at the hands of an evil young man.

Chuck Davis

Crockett

NRA's response to school shootings

After the repugnant and obscene response by the NRA at the Dec. 21 televised news conference regarding the slaughter in Connecticut, how many gun owners will rescind their membership in the organization?

How many politicians will refuse funds from the NRA?

Will the Bay Area News Group keep us informed?

Jim Duncan

Dublin

Examples of NRA fostered paranoia

Here are a couple of examples of the paranoia fostered by our friends at the National Rifle Association.

A Texas Congressman, while being interviewed on the evening news, stated we must retain access to assault weapons to counterbalance "the tyranny of the government." Good luck to him.

Meanwhile, gun buybacks in Oakland and San Francisco got some 600 guns off the street. At the same time, people in California and other states flocked to stores to purchase thousands of new guns, based on fears the federal government will make gun ownership illegal.

Unfortunately, many of these guns will either be stolen or used against family members.

Very sad!

Tony Watkin

Walnut Creek

Gun regulation needs fixing

This is my response to all those who are worried that we shouldn't let "politics" interfere with this tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary: Wrong!

Politics should play a role, because then we'll actually be doing something about such a horror instead of just dismissing it as an inevitable, normal tragedy of American society, where mass shootings are a routine obstacle -- a minefield in which we have no choice but to tiptoe around in our quest for life.

This is what politics is for: to work for the good of the public. It's why we call politicians public servants. Gun regulation would be a societal benefit for the public. Therefore, our public servants should do whatever they can to reduce tragedies like this so they can be treated as an aberration instead of "the new norm."

We've already dealt with this same thing in movie theaters, places of worship, malls and schools this year alone -- and that's just the mass shootings. How much longer do we need to repeat the cycle before we cry "enough?"

Jonathan Washington

Antioch