The massacre in Las Vegas so vividly described by the Napa women who survived should provide an important starting point for renewing the gun control debate ("Napa women caught up in Las Vegas massacre, escape injury," Oct. 3).

At the same time, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that this latest tragedy is unlikely to result in gun control legislation.

It may be time for consumers to lobby for "crowd clothes," garments that will provide protection for those who enjoy crowded venues that so often attract mass killers. Lightweight Kevlar or bullet-proof vests similar to those worn by law enforcement, if designed for comfort while relaxing and dancing to music, might become standard concert clothing.

I know it would be a challenge to design, but American designers surely can do the job. The question then would be. Would the NRA lobby against "crowd clothes" as somehow interfering with their Second Amendment rights?

David E. Loberg

Napa

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