Your article about the problem of violence in our society (Feb. 21, p. 26) was hardly objective reporting.
Consider, for example, a statement in the cover story that the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder, accomplished with a knife, is being used as justification to regulate guns.
Or, consider the rhetorical question in the editorial, "Of course we're against violence. Could anyone feel otherwise?" Surely you would not object to the use of violence in defense of innocent life. Otherwise, we could not justify arming our police and military.
The coverage was one-sided. Nowhere was there reference to "Under the Gun," Wright, Rossi and Daly's landmark study for the National Institute of Justice, or Gary Kleck's more recent "Point Blank." Despite these authors' preference for gun control, both studies concluded that the popular gun-control nostrums have virtually no effect on curbing violence.
Even more significantly, both those studies suggest that allowing more good citizens to be covertly armed would significantly reduce violent crime. Portland, Ore., for example, saw a 30% decrease in homicide during a seven-month period in which the number of permits for concealed guns rose to 2,100 from 17. And Mr. Kleck's latest survey data suggest that as many as 45 lives are saved with guns for each life taken with one.
ERIC S. H. CHING
Mountain View, Calif.