What a well-thought-out letter that was (by Tim Fenton on Friday, Jan. 11) and even though in Davis he may be preaching to the choir, we need all the help we can get. I am surprised that I am unable to find a group specifically focused on gun control in Davis.
I am hoping that one good thing will come out of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy i.e. a heightened sense of outrage and urge to action. I realize that the NRA is a powerful, well-organized group of true believers fueled in the most part by the financial interests of gun and ammunition makers. This is part of a much larger problem of violence in our culture and why the rates of homicide are so much higher here than in any other civilized country.
I am hoping that the sense of outrage will not cool off before we get some actual changes made, which sadly happens to most outrages that capture lots of ink, but tend to cool off pretty fast.
We have shown in the past that deeply held ideas such as the non-personhood of slaves and the inability of women to think or legislate can be moved with us all putting our shoulder to the wheel long and patiently. I know many, many Davis families have felt the lifelong impact of war on their young men who, as in our family, returned from Vietnam with a measurable lifelong damage.