Joseph Stumph's letter ("Guns can make Utah safer") in the Readers' Forum on April 29 disturbed me greatly. The thought of 15,000 gun-toting Utahns acting as self-appointed security guards at the 2002 Olympics is a nightmare.

Let me point out what should be obvious to all: The great majority of the 15,000 concealed weapon permit holders in Utah are not law-enforcement officers and have no training as law enforcement officers. Let's do the right thing and let our real law enforcement officers do their jobs without interference.Gun control is not a left-wing political agenda. It is a matter of public safety. All societies have their share of sick criminals, and this will not change. It is the proliferation and easy availability of guns that is the direct cause of the ugly headlines involving firearms we see almost daily.

Franklin Kolsky

Salt Lake City