To the editor: Basically, we did nothing after the Columbine shooting in 1999. We did nothing after the attempted assassination of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. We did nothing after the Aurora, Colo., shooting in 2012, and we did absolutely nothing after the brutalization of the adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut later that year. ("Obama: U.S. must face up to the kind of violence that happened in Charleston," June 18)
What we Americans do "best," apparently, in resolving disagreements, arguments or different points of view is to resort to violence.
So why should we think anything will get done now that nine people were killed in South Carolina on Wednesday?
Rodney K. Boswell, Thousand Oaks
To the editor: As a Christian who believes in and cherishes the sanctity of all life on this planet, I was devastated to learn of the apparently racially motivated shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C.
We as a nation still have a long way to go to resolve our racial issues and intolerance. Local, state and federal authorities should commit as many resources as necessary to investigate why the alleged shooter did it and ensure that justice is done. We, as Americans, must all introspectively reflect on this horrible crime and ask what we can do to heal the wounds that continue to divide our great nation.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.
Michael Pravica, Henderson, Nev.
To the editor: The seeds of the lock-and-load society created by the National Rifle Assn. and nurtured by the Republican Party are bearing fruit. Nine more Americans have been killed, this time in a church while praying, by a formerly law-abiding citizen with a gun.
Guns rule in every town. The question is no longer "Will your city experience a mass shooting?" but rather "When will your city experience a mass shooting?"
One wonders if this is what the framers had in mind back in 1791 when they adopted the 2nd Amendment.
Frank Ferrone, El Cajon, Calif.