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I write in response to David Brooks' March 27 column "How to Stop the Killing." Usually so prudent in his judgment, Mr. Brooks in this article substituted reason with deliberate illogic.

The column is a masterpiece of deception aimed at subverting the public's overriding desire to enact meaningful gun regulation. Mr. Brooks' assertion that gun control is ineffectual is patently false.

According to the ATF, homicides fell from 22,000 in 1994 to 14,000 in 2006. This precipitous drop coincided directly with the passage of the Brady and Violent Crime Control acts. Secondly, Mr. Brooks' claim that attempting to regulate America's 250 million guns would be futile is akin to saying that because there are hundreds of forest fires each year, we shouldn't bother putting them out.

Notwithstanding, Mr. Brooks' solution for gun violence is sensible. The importance of law enforcement in dangerous communities is indisputable. However, he neglects to mention that the most successful police initiatives, such as Boston's Operation Ceasefire, were composite programs uniting regulation with greater police presence. Furthermore, programs such as Operation Ceasefire are prohibitively expensive and require federal support for long-term success. Such funding has not been forthcoming for years.

The success of gun control legislation has been emphatically proven. Instead of averting our eyes from this inherent truth as Mr. Brooks suggests, we should instead pressure our congressmen and senators to pass long-overdue gun control legislation.

EAMONN BELLIN
Scott


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