March 9, 2013

Thank you, Tom Diaz, for the informative commentary “Guns kill more people. Why does terrorism get more attention?” [Outlook, March 3]. I can use a lot of the statistics for the signs I carry to anti-gun-violence rallies.

With gun killings topping 32 each day, (12,000 each year), the equivalent of nearly four 9/11 attacks occur in the United States each year. If we include suicides using guns, there are more than 30,000 gun deaths per year, 10 times more deaths than on 9/11. We declared war on terrorism after 9/11. We need to be four times more intense — nay, 10 times more intense — in our war on gun violence.

Cecile Heatley, McLean

The writer is a member of Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence.