"Neither [Canada nor UK] has seen a dictator take control of its government" because of gun laws

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Survival 101," Jan. 9

What madness is this? Like a "Twilight Zone" story, we fear a handful of people who threaten our children and families with death just because of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Even conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said that reasonable gun regulations are constitutional.

The death rate from homicides in the United States in 2011 was 4.7 people per 100,000 residents, according to the FBI. That same number is less than two in Canada, and in 2008, Britain had fewer than 40 homicides committed with firearms. Neither of those countries has seen a dictator take control of its government.

Our obsession with guns is horrifying.

Don Evans

Canoga Park

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The photograph of students learning to barricade a door and hide beneath their desks should give us all pause. Is this what we have become?

Instead of being the prey of people with guns, maybe it's time we stood up and said we don't want to be afraid to go out. These are also my rights.

Jane Warden

Malibu

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