I am not surprised that Lois Todd is "confused" about recent incidents involving firearms reported in the past few weeks (letters to the editor, April 3). Firearms are the only common denominator in these incidents and relating them to each other is like saying all restaurants serve food and some of it may be bad for you.
The "found" gun and statement from the chief is a reminder to gun owners to be responsible; to be vigilant about securing firearms against unintended handling, be it criminal or the result of curiosity. That is an issue of failure to teach respect for the danger and damage potential of everything from a firearm, steak knife, automobile and various other items having the ability to be mishandled, resulting in harm to a person.
The stand taken by the County Sheriffs of Colorado is appreciated by many, myself included, as inhibiting my rights to own weapons won't prevent any crimes and we all know how safe "gun free" zones are. There are readily available recent statistics as to the fact that the number of victims is much smaller when a nutcase on a murderous rampage meets armed resistance.
It is a crime to intentionally harm another human being. Period. Most of us do not appreciate having our rights to defend ourselves dictated to us as a knee jerk reaction to the bad guys, any time, anywhere, including college campuses. That said, let me explain that being armed and capable of a deadly force response does not give anyone license to use deadly force if and when less force or no force can diffuse the threat. That is a fundamental element of police training and should answer the question as to why the domestic violence call did not result in a shooting.
Stressing respect for human life and enforcing consequences would be a good place to start reducing violence in our society. It needs to start early, begin at home and be continued in schools and the community. Being a decent, responsible human being needs to receive more respect from society than the Hollywood glorification of cheats, killers and other assorted amoral characters.