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Gun control’s basic math
displays reduced demise count

Dan Walters’ Sacramento taking pictures column (“Sacramento taking pictures spotlights failure of state’s gun limits,” Page A6, April 7) begins off promptly with a falsehood: It is folly “believing that ‘gun violence’ can be meaningfully decreased by attempting to choke off the source of firearms.”

It’s basic arithmetic that has been proven all-around the entire world in nations like Excellent Britain, Australia and Canada. Our deaths from firearms drastically outnumber people in other international locations precisely simply because those people nations have improved constraints on firearms. It is certainly true that California’s legal guidelines have not prevented all shootings in the state, but legal guidelines versus rushing, theft and murder also have not thoroughly prevented these offenses from occurring. Yet again it’s simple mathematics: Guidelines that make it harder to attain guns will reduce the number of gun deaths.

It is a excellent misfortune that the Supreme Court dismissed the “well-controlled militia” portion of the 2nd Amendment. It is also unlucky that Walters does not give his solution for blocking violence.

Michael Penick
Palo Alto

Khamis’ intention is holding
place of work, not public company

I disagree with the Mercury Information endorsement of Johnny Khamis for the Santa Clara County District 1 supervisor seat (“Khamis the most effective alternative for county supervisor seat,” Website page A12, April 8).

I fulfilled him when he came to my door campaigning for District 10 San Jose Metropolis Council seat. He informed me he wished to lower taxes. He was speechless when I instructed him I would not intellect paying greater taxes if it meant potholes were fixed and police responded in a timely method. Most telling through the discussion was his reluctance to state his get together affiliation. In 2020 he reported he modified his occasion affiliation since of Donald Trump’s immigration coverage. I imagine he improved his get together affiliation to unbiased when he ran, and obtained overwhelmed soundly, for a point out Senate seat simply because he understood he could not gain remaining a Republican.

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Bottom line? Johnny Khamis is only interested in working for business, no matter if it be the Town Council, condition Senate or county supervisor. There are superior candidates.

Harvey Tran
San Jose

Rated-decision vote isn’t
panacea for democracy

Re. “Ranked decision voting now below menace in California,” Web site A12, April 8:

Rated-choice voting is practically nothing far more than an quick runoff that saves towns funds by not possessing to mail out runoff ballots. San Jose does not have it, and I hope it hardly ever does.

That claimed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin have the audacity to say in their previous line, “It would acquire us even more absent from a real democracy.” How absurd. Severely, the only detail it is saving is cash, and Schaaf and Arreguin’s assert is almost nothing extra than crying wolf.

Each mayors need to search at the Republican states and see in which democracy is remaining ruined. Democrats need to have to unify and halt the in-bash nastiness. I am grateful that neither of them is the mayor of San Jose.

Michael McWalters

San Jose has neglected
its parks for much too long

I just browse Sal Pizzaro’s column concerning Columbus Park probably headed for a identify change (“Columbus Park could be headed for a new name,” Website page B1, April 8). Christopher Columbus would in all probability welcome that as he would be embarrassed to have the park named immediately after him the way the city has allowed it to tumble into a disgusting point out of disrepair.

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As it is, the town of San Jose has performed a extremely poor occupation over the yrs when it will come to possessing a ample selection of parks for our 1 million residents. The deficiency of parks is even more evident when you see the lack of great importance placed on the current parks, like Columbus Park, when our metropolis leaders ascertain what is significant as they listing out priorities for available resources. It’s possibly that or no 1 is keeping the parks and recreation office accountable. Probably the two are accurate.

Mark Milioto Sr.
San Jose

Progress unattainable with
McConnell in charge

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, had been the lone 3 Republicans to back Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom.

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