As a 17-year-old junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, I am increasingly concerned that gun violence is becoming too common of a story as in the recent drive-by incident ("Main slain downtown; 3 hurt in Westport," May 12). A deadly driver rode around the downtown and Westport areas victimizing men. These two drive-by shootings fatally wounded one guy and others only suffered injuries, while the crazed man managed to get away.

What caught my attention the most was the second paragraph and the reporter's observation that "this killing broke a streak of nearly 12 days without a homicide … one of the longest such stretches in years, according to records."

I believe we, as a city, are tired of have such a high murder rate. That it would take years to go longer than two weeks without a murder is kind of savage. I believe the government should address this issue with a more effective tactic — if there is one. My suggestion is to come up with more social solutions instead of more law enforcement. Law enforcement has done nothing to affect the murders committed in our city, and a change in funding is needed.

Joshua Caroline, Baltimore