Letters from our readers: Allowing concealed guns creates public health risk 

I was saddened to read your Sunday story “Arizona allows concealed guns without permit.” As a nursing student, I see illness every day and I’m worried about adding to our suffering by allowing people to walk around with guns, ready to shoot each other in the name of “protection.”

Gun safety is an important public health concern in the United States. Guns are used in more than 70 percent of homicides. And research demonstrates that people with suicidal impulses are five times more likely to kill themselves if they have access to a firearm. Accidental shootings of gun owners’ family and friends are 43 times more likely than shootings of assailants.

Martine Bernstein, San Francisco

Keep fountain flowing

It is nice to see the running water in Lotta’s Fountain like it was Sunday for the anniversary of 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Is it possible to let this water run year-round? The fountain is beautiful, so why is it usually without water?

Georgy Prodorov, San Francisco

Issues with electric car

Your Sunday story about the lack of charging stations for electric vehicles shed some light on the Nissan Leaf. Taxpayers will pay $12,500 of the $32,500 cost (38 percent) to support a vehicle presumably made in Japan with components based on rare Earth elements probably mined in China.

It looks as if you need to add another $2,400 for a dedicated charging circuit and hope the electrical inspector doesn’t find anything “out of code” in the rest of your house when the installation is checked out.

Of course, if your Leaf fails, you must tow it only to a specially trained Nissan technician. Is this how the Obama administration gives support for “green jobs” in America?

Richard J. McDonald, San Francisco

Rehab instead of jail

I do not think Deborah Madden should be criminally charged despite allegedly stealing “crime scene” cocaine while on duty at the police crime lab.

If she became dependent on drug use, this is a medical issue. Of course, if she sold it to help support her need, that was unfortunate because she should have sought help.

Compassion and care for this woman may go a long way. Jail and punishment serve no purpose but to fill another bed at some prison. And this is more costly than detox treatment for substance abuse.

Jonathan M. Dietz, San Rafael

Equality principle

One of The City’s supposedly more “conservative” supervisors explained that local government is not going to quit telling entrepreneurs what businesses will be allowed in certain San Francisco neighborhoods.

Third Way politics is popular today. It preaches that a compromised principle is still a principle. People are supposed to accept that government fiat makes some of us more equal.

Paul Burton, San Francisco


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