To the Editor:
Re “Gunman Kills 7 in a Rampage at a Northern California University” (news article, April 3):
The violent crime perpetrated at a small Christian college in Oakland, Calif., forces us, once again, to consider whether to have a productive dialogue about gun control in this country or to squander the opportunity, as has happened before.
The dialogues on gun control were brief after the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, the horrific violence at Virginia Tech in 2007, and the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona in 2011. Time and again, we brush off the horror, believing that nothing like that will happen to us or anyone we know.
We have become a nation where politicians have been ensnared by the National Rifle Association lobby, and where citizens seem to care more about their guns than about the lives of their neighbors.
PATRICIA A. WELLER
Emmitsburg, Md., April 3, 2012
Note from KBJ: If you ban guns, then only criminals will have guns. Why is this so hard to grasp? By the way, the National Rifle Association has more than four million members.