We need protection from nonstop violence

Regarding the article: "Oakland parishioner struck by stray bullet from shooting outside church":

Another heinous gun incident. When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough?

We must demand stricter laws for guns. We must demand more police patrolling the streets. We need more protection from the violence that plagues us every day.

I, too, live with the constant fear for my life whenever I get out of my house. There is no place to be safe -- not at the park, not in school, sometimes not even in your own house. We must change this. We need to demand that our government provides a lot more security for its citizens.

I know that some people might disagree that stricter laws against any weapons is not going to solve the issue of violence, but I know that it will decrease the violence.

We must not stay complacent with these laws that we have now that promise to protect us; we need to ask for much more if we are truly ever going to feel safe.

Anabel Ortega

San Pablo

Democrats must show leadership

In response to Nicholas D. Kristof's recent column about the shooting in Newtown, Conn., I urgently request that the feckless Democratic president, for whom I voted, and the feckless Democratic senators and congressional representatives of California, for whom I voted, demonstrate the leadership for which I voted.


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California is the nation's leading state. Lead. Lead the fellow members of the Senate and House, to include those members across the aisle, to vote for strict controls of weapons that fail to comply with the strict language of the Second Amendment and the intentions of our Founding Fathers.

There is no historical record of any intention of our Founding Fathers that every member of our nation bear even one semi-automatic weapon. In the minds of our Founding Fathers, "bear arms" meant single-shot, muzzle-loading muskets.

Patrick M. Lofft

Pleasanton

Next step is making our kids bulletproof

The logical next step and consequence of the NRA's stance on the slaughter of children at Newtown -- that the teacher and principal should have been armed -- is to provide bulletproof vests and steel helmets to our kindergarten and grammar school children.

Robert Blau

Berkeley

Thanks to Stark for his service

I'm writing to publicly thank Rep. Pete Stark for his many years of excellent service to the community and the country.

He has been a strong proponent of Social Security, Medicare, decent health care for all, and has repeatedly spoken out against endless warfare. He has proved to be a staunch ally of the working class, and hasn't been afraid to fight for our rights. (Hooray for backbone.)

I especially appreciate that he would hold monthly meetings throughout the district to provide a forum for his constituents.

There's nothing like face-to-face contact with representatives to make you realize that democracy is truly a participatory sport and that we do have a say in what happens in this country. Thanks, congressman.

Nancy Patterson

Fremont