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San Francisco resident Will Bruce looks over tickets as numbers are drawn during a housing lottery event hosted by Tenderloin Neighborhood Development and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development in the Tenderloin on May 5. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Lottery hopeful seeks cheaper rent to live on fixed income,” The City, May 8
San Francisco’s income inequality on full display

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who noticed the sad juxtaposition of articles in your May 8 edition.

On one page, a native San Franciscan living in an SRO who fantasized about having sufficient income to shop at Grocery Outlet. On the next page, a newcomer whining about her birthday party and planning to spend the equivalent of the San Franciscan’s monthly rent in one night.

That’s San Francisco today.

Helen Ferentinos
San Francisco

Police department reports overall drop in crime,” Crime Ink, May 3
Blame violence on crime, not guns

A recent San Francisco Examiner article noted that while crime statistics for their city dropped, “gun violence” increased. The article points to guns as the problem. This is despite the fact San Francisco is among the most restrictive cities in the most restrictive states to legally purchase, keep and bear a gun.

While San Francisco wants to blame the gun for crimes, instead of the criminals who commit the crimes, the facts are clear: Gun ownership is up, and crime is down across America.

Homicides dropped by 43 percent from 1991 to 2014, and other firearms crimes are down 70 percent from 1993 to 2014. This happened while gun ownership rose by 44 percent of households self-reporting, according to the Pew Research Center. An additional five percent chose not to reveal whether they own guns.

It’s clear legal gun-owners are not the problem. Criminals, by definition, break laws. Even in San Francisco. The rest of America knows this, but it escapes Examiner.

This is the same city that gave us Leland Yee, who for years railed against legal gun owners, all while he ran illegal guns through The City. He’s serving a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to putting guns in the hands of criminals, including Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a Chinatown mobster.

San Francisco doesn’t have a gun problem. It has a crime problem.

Lawrence G. Keane
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
National Shooting Sports Foundation

How the barbed wire fences of internment camps were snipped,” In Brown Type, May 3
America must learn from ugly past

Thanks to Jaya Padmanabhan for her inspiring article on the resolute and resilient Japanese-Americans who refused to be subdued by our country’s oppressive, racist internment policy in World War II. And the story of the too few non-Japanese-Americans who aided the interned families was also heartening.

As the article said, the disgraceful internment policy had widespread support in our country. This support included the president and even the Supreme Court. We must learn how to develop a citizenry that will never let such events occur again.

Recent news about hateful, biased conduct of Americans (and others) causes great concern. However, with the recent court decisions blocking President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim policies, I can only hope we are moving in the right direction.

John M. Kelly
San Francisco

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