Alternative to arming schools

Guns in desks of school personnel? Of possible rare prevention of murderous intrusion -- maybe, but the unintended consequences of such a massive program would create more havoc, deaths, and injuries than they could possibly prevent.

Imagine arming thousands of teachers, principals (and who else at schools) with weapons capable of terrible harm if used inappropriately. It does not stretch the imagination to conceive of scenarios in which tragedy would ensue.

So, is there an alternative? What about furnishing each of these school professionals with the kind of alarm devices worn about the neck of seniors to signal when they have fallen and need help? These could be wirelessly connected to local police/fire departments for school 911 calls. Those with voice capabilities could be even more helpful with ensuring immeditae details.

False alarms surely could occur, but that would be far less dangerous than guns in the hands of the untrained.

John A. Knowles

Walnut Creek

Enforce laws we already have

There is no doubt that we need immigration reform in this country.

The simplest answer is to enforce the laws we already have. Look at what Congress is proposing: a pathway to citizenship for lawbreakers.

Here's a hint: Do you think illegal immigration will stop after Congress enacts its new plan? Of course, not. The problem with new proposals is the same as with past proposals. No one wants to do the dirty work of deporting the offenders or, at the very least, remove the bait that brings them here -- welfare, education, drivers' licenses, sanctuary cities, you name it.

The next debacle will produce the same results. Therefore, it is my opinion Congress needs to show us first that it is capable of enforcing the promises made in the past before we buy into, most assuredly, more broken promises and millions more illegal immigrants scoffing at our pathetic laws.

Michael D. Scott

Walnut Creek

Unethical red state behavior

Gleefully confessing to grabbing power by underhanded methods in the press recently, the Republican Party displays its true colors and stripes: undemocratic, cheating, obsessed, braggarts, mad.

A southern state, Virginia, recently went rosier red because a key Democrat in that state's legislature, Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, was absent during a vote approving redistricting/gerrymandering. Marsh was absent in order to attend President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Mad for power, hating democratic institutions, willing to resort to any means to get what they feel is theirs by right as true royalists, utterly blind to fair play, ethics, rules, to compromise ... they, the hippopotamus in the room, may seem an endangered species to some, but to this observer they seem capable of inflicting irreparable damage to our government for years to come.

Terry Cochrell

Berkeley

Response to NASCAR parody

In his witty letter of Feb. 11, Jeff Patry parodies gun-advocate rhetoric with the right "to own and drive a 750 horsepower" NASCAR automobile and eschew any responsibility to register it.

I believe Patry may have very unwittingly made the very case for the gun-advocate side. A citizen may, indeed, own such a race car, he need not register it. Of course, he cannot operate it on public streets; there are already laws against that.

However, he can certainly trailer it to the racetrack and use it to practice, improve and demonstrate his driving skills. And he can do it as often as he likes just for the enjoyment he receives.

Should we confiscate all race cars because somebody might decide to use one on our public streets?

Dale Lawrence

San Ramon

Victims should file suit over guns

Regarding the National Rifle Association and assault weapon manufacturers:

All the victims and relatives shot by assault weapons should file a class-action lawsuit against the NRA and the manufacturers of assault weapons, and bankrupt them into infamy.

John P. Kelly

Fremont