Re: your Jan. 10 article, "Former Oxnard man killed for entering room in error":
My heart aches. A young man, Hector Soto, 21, following a night of drinking while celebrating his upcoming graduation from trade school, is shot and killed after mistakenly entering the wrong apartment.
The angels are crying., crying not just for Hector and his family, but for the now forever tormented person who took Hector's life. It wasn't the shooter's fault, he was just reacting to an intruder. But, with easy accessibility to a loaded gun during a confusing and frightening moment, a precious life was erased from the planet. It was a mistake. It was an accident. He's gone forever.
Please don't tell me about the Second Amendment or that "guns don't kill people, people kill people." We owe it to the thousands of souls, who lost their lives like Hector, to look into our hearts and minds and stop accepting the rhetoric that guns are OK and somehow acceptable in society simply because the Constitution guarantees it.
How many times do we hear about a handy, loaded gun saving a life versus a gun taking the life of an innocent bystander or an accidental victim? We accept firearms in our lives and it is a sickening, growing trend. Video games unloading death from blazing firearms. "Harmless" replica Airsoft guns being given to our children as "play" toys.
Prime-time TV with about 60 percent featuring homicides, mostly delivered by firearm, and solved by gorgeous, sexy people with guns strapped under their arms or to their hips. Then there are the guns in our nightstands and under our pillows.
The angels are crying. We should be crying too.
-- Tim Heyne, Thousand Oaks