With respect to Ruth Marcus’s Feb. 1 op-ed column, “Skirting the truth about guns,” which addressed the argument that women need guns for their safety, I wonder why no one has talked about security systems for safety. One may have saved my life.

A burglar attempted to break into our house while knowing we were there, so the police said he was surely armed, and we saw big footprints, so we know that he was large. Fortunately, our alarm went off — and so did he. 

I felt much safer with an alarm system than with a gun that a stronger person might wrest away from me, to say nothing of all the other dangers of having a gun in the house.

Liane W. Atlas, Washington

Regarding the Feb. 4 obituary for Chris Kyle, “Navy SEAL, author was one of military’s leading snipers”:

If even a former Navy SEAL sniper can’t protect himself from a disturbed person with a gun, who can? So much for “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is to stop him from getting a gun in the first place.

Robert J. Yaes, Gaithersburg