Any talk is good talk

Of course one city’s forum on gun violence won’t bring an end to our nation’s epidemic of gun deaths (“Will a city forum stop gun violence?” Oct. 10). However, any discussion of this issue — from coffee house chatter to national forums — is in my view, a good thing.

As a probation officer trainee for Alameda County in 1963, our training officer told our class that research showed that introducing firearms into any environment increased the level of aggression. In my 30 years of work as a probation officer I saw the truth of this assertion up close and personal — bad situations made worse by the presence of guns. The more our fellow citizens learn about and discuss this issue the more likely change may come about. 

Other countries have enacted reasonable gun laws: background checks, banning assault rifles, required training courses, etc. We can, too.


Tom Engh