Joanne Palmer’s January 11 story, “Doing something about gun violence” begins with a falsehood (“Gun violence has become an epidemic in this countryâ€¦”) and goes downhill from there. The truth, according the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics, is that gun violence has gone down significantly over the past 20 years, despite the expiration of the assault weapons ban in 2004. Further, the majority of gun violence takes place in inner cities, with guns that are purchased illegally, and in most cases the victim AND the assailant have prior criminal records. If “gun control” worked, Chicago, which has both a handgun ban and the dubious distinction of having the highest gun murder rate in the country, would be a crime-free utopia. Jews, who know better than most the consequences of being defenseless, should resist all efforts at further restricting the right to own firearms. History has an awful habit of repetition.