- - Sunday, July 10, 2016

One of the arguments the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump keep raising against stricter gun control laws is this: If people in crowds had been allowed to carry weapons, the death toll in mass shootings (such as those in Paris, Orlando and now Dallas) would have been dramatically lower.

I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing there were plenty of guns being carried by police officers Thursday night in Dallas, and even they couldn’t stop the snipers from killing five of their own and wounding many others.

When deranged people set out to kill innocents, they usually end up accomplishing their mission. When you add to that mix the easy access they and others have to military-style assault weapons, the outcome typically is horrific. Sadly, that’s exactly how things just played out in Dallas. I don’t want to politicize the gun-control debate in this country; I just want to end the carnage. At some point the principle opponents and proponents of gun-safety laws must sit down and hammer out a new framework for the future. Unless and until they do there are going to be more and more mass shootings in this country.

DENNY FREIDENRICH Laguna Beach, Calif.

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