I respectfully disagree with Mr. A.J. Marshall regarding guns in this country ("Cultural change needed when it comes to guns," Nov. 1).

Guns do not kill people, people kill people, whether with cars, planes, knives, baseball bats, bare fists, rocks, guns or whatever. No inanimate object can kill on its own.

Regarding gun violence in America, a simple search on the internet will show that out of more than 3,000 counties in our country, almost 70 percent of the crimes are committed in just 5 percent of them. In fact, more than 50 percent of the counties in America show no violent deaths for a year; how about that?

The same search on a worldwide basis will show how very low our violence really is. Thank God for the Second Amendment. To rehash some old cliches, "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," or "when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns," and finally "when seconds count the police are only minutes away."

There are tens of millions of responsible civilian gun owners in this great country and I hope some are around when me or my family are ever attacked, and you should too. God Bless America and its Constitution, and all our first responders in emergencies.

Oliver Daulton, Tehachapi