The May 8 news article “Report: Gun violence has fallen greatly since ’93” failed to mention that the 1994 law requiring licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on those purchasing firearms may be a contributor to reducing gun deaths by 39 percent and injuries by 69 percent between 1993 and 2011.

I don’t expect universal background checks and gun safety lessons to solve all gun violence. However, if such measures contribute to a further drop of 5 percent or 10 percent, it will make a big difference to families of people killed or wounded by guns.

Shari Pollard, Laurel