Stop the war on job creators

Unemployment statistics are just data until they hit you or a friend.

One of my friends recently lost her mother, is the sole caretaker for her disabled sibling, and now faces losing the home they have lived in for 54 years.

Thank you, President Barack Obama, for all you have done to protect your union friends in the auto, construction, teaching, entertainment and other industries who have given you financial support.

Now, how about stopping your war on those who create jobs and let them save our economy.

Cliff Wiesner

Concord

Guns should not be banned

Contrary to Terry Horner's hoplophobic letter in the Times on Jan. 11, there should be no banning of guns and no confiscation of the guns of law-abiding citizens.

Such actions would violate the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms, as upheld by the Supreme Court in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. cases.

Law-abiding citizens owning guns for lawful purposes -- self-defense, hunting, target shooting, plinking, collectors' items -- aren't willing to give up their right for several reasons.

They support the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to make their own decisions about whether to own a gun or not. They wish to make their own decisions about how to protect themselves in their homes.


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They realize, as Horner doesn't, that having their guns confiscated would do nothing to protect children or reduce crime. It would increase crime, because the criminals, who would retain their guns, would know their prospective victims were disarmed by government fiat.

Law-abiding citizens who are responsible gun owners aren't willing to be used as scapegoats and blamed for the actions of criminals.

If Horner chooses not to own guns, that's his business. He has no business trying to impose his point of view on law-abiding citizens who do.

David R. Russell

Berkeley

Some thoughts about guns

The Second Amendment is outdated, since much has changed since first written.

Some suggest armed security guards and checkpoints at all public facilities. Who's going to pay for all this security? Increase the tax on guns and gun accessories to offset taxpayers' cost.

Bad guys must be stopped before they get on the property. We don't want gunfights inside the facility. Consider possible collateral damage. A bad guy with a gun versus a good guy with a gun: My money is on the bad guy. Police use the backup system when there's a bad guy with a gun.

Bullets kill people, so do cigarettes. But we tax cigarettes heavily and fought Big Tobacco for restrictions on tobacco products.

Now we have assault weapons, bullets that explode on contact, gun magazines that can carry 15-plus rounds of ammo, and body armor. Also, consider what soldiers and police officers go through mentally with their first kill. And they're trained to stop the bad guys.

I was a hunter at one time and have been hit by bullets (both hands), so I've been on both ends of a gun.

Jim Little

Brentwood