Richard Cohen [“Hocus-pocus on the gun bill,” op-ed, April 16] is correct in recognizing  the importance of citizen attitudes regarding acceptability of personal possession of guns and the influence of this on political representatives. Such attitudes are shaped by evolving social-cultural norms.  When it became no longer acceptable for so-called “nice” people to voice, be or act racially prejudiced, the long battle for civil rights was won.  The politicians understood and followed suit.  So will it be some day for personal gun possession.

Irving Slott, Silver Spring