In one of the following letters, the author refers to "gun advocates." I prefer the terms gun fondlers, gun zealots, and gun fetishists, but what do I know, right? She makes a great point, as do the others in today's Los Angles Times letters to the editor.
Take a look at these and at the video below, because our voices matter:
Near the end of your article on the Las Vegas shootings, you mention Joseph Robert Wilcox, who pulled out a concealed weapon and confronted Jerad Miller at the Wal-Mart.
As I read this part of the article, I wondered what gun advocates who promote the fallacy that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun would say about that. Wilcox may have believed this idea and might have wanted to be a hero, but now he is dead after having been shot by a bad guy.
Gun advocates think they know how any scenario involving guns will play out. They don't.
Unfortunately, this part of the story will not even be part of the conversation. It is to our country's detriment that it won't be.
Nancy Zaman, Los Angeles
The politicians' angry cries against the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees are loud. What of the American terrorists who routinely slaughter children, police officers and innocent civilians?
Those politicians refuse to defy their sponsor, the National Rifle Assn., and show little care for American lives.
Ruth Palanker, Los Angeles
Isn't it about time that we just stand up to the defenders of an amendment written more than 200 years ago and say it just doesn't apply anymore? Isn't it time for the cowards in Washington to quit protecting the NRA and start protecting the rest of us?
It's time we closed the gun shops and the gun shows and started restricting and shutting down the manufacturers of these weapons.
And yes, it is a mental health issue. It's about the absolute insanity of the people who think that owning a gun somehow makes you more of an American.
Collect the guns and get these nuts off the street before more of our children die.
Lee Cohen, Glendale
Now take a look at our own Cliff Schecter making the case against violence on The Last Word. As always, he knocked it out of the park: