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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Time has come for rights of innocent to trump gun owners’

I will happily give up my right to own “an arsenal of hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition” and semi-automatic weaponry so that beautiful, innocent children and heroic teachers like the ones in Sandy Hook Elementary School will never be massacred again.

My right to own such weapons does not trump another human being’s right to live.

No more semantics about guns not being the killers. No more abandoning common sense in favor of political support. No more Columbines, no more Auroras, no more Sandy Hooks.

Tara Anastasi

Matthews

In response to “Too many shootings, too many deaths; time to tackle gun issue” (Dec. 17 Forum):

Changes to gun laws must be reasonable and based in fact

Forum writer Ron Ludwikowski said semi- and automatic weapons only have one purpose: to kill people. Really?

That would be ignoring the semi-automatic firearms I remember my father and other hunters carrying into the field over 50 years ago to hunt.

In coming months, one phrase we will hear often in the discussion of gun laws will be “reasonable regulations.” Gun laws based on ignorance such as this will not be reasonable; they will only be wrong.

Automatic weapons are legally available only by special permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Illegal weapons, of course, are different; the criminals simply ignore the law.

Gary Sain

Concord

In response to “Arm the teachers to reduce school shootings” (Dec. 18 Opinion):

Don’t want guns around my children or in their schools

Paul Valone doesn’t want to just keep his semi-automatics, he wants to arm our teachers with them, too.

No one is trying to take away your Second Amendment rights.

People like me are exhausted of hearing arguments that we are somehow stepping on your hunting privileges because we want to keep those types of guns off the street. It is time for all of us to stand up and tell people like Paul that enough is enough.

We also need to tell him to stop pushing guns on the rest of us. I don’t want guns around my children and I don’t want them in my children’s schools.

Rick Hudson

Charlotte

In response to “Friday tragedy was work of evil; it was not a problem with guns” (Dec. 18 Forum):

Treat guns like cars; regulate every aspect of ownership

Forum writer James B. Hall is right, we don’t ban cars.

But we do require that you have the skills to drive a car, are of certain age, register insurance and have your car inspected every year. You also can’t drive your car anywhere you want or at any speed – just like you should not be allowed to have or shoot any type gun you want.

Gus Roca

Charlotte

In response to “Newtown holds first funerals for victims” (Dec. 18) and related content:

Funeral photos disturbing; allow grieving parents some privacy

We never want to forget the precious children and adults lost in the Newtown massacre.

However, I object to your showing photographs of the families at the funerals.

When I saw Tuesday’s photo of Veronique Pozner at the cemetery, I thought she should be allowed to mourn without all the surrounding publicity at the gravesite.

Elna Falls

Charlotte

Violent video games must

be part of the discussion

Lest we leave out the wizards who bring us off-the-shelf video games for kids…

One is called “Grand Theft Auto” where you can pick up prostitutes and beat them to death with a baseball bat. Another, “Call of Duty,” features black ops with every kind of gun one could imagine, which can encourage kids to sit for hours learning how to kill one another.

As we talk about what to change in our society, perhaps we could have more influence on our children by enkindling them with more positive recreation.

Richard Caudle

Charlotte

Gratuitous violence surrounds boys, including my grandsons

Have you ever watched these horrific games our young sons are almost obsessed with?

I’ve been horrified at the violence and lack of storylines in movies, videos and these awful games my grandsons are immersed in. President Obama has two daughters. He needs to spend an afternoon after school playing video games with some young boys.

Anna-Louise Fitzgerald

Charlotte


In response to “Elevation, St. Matthew churches expanding” (Dec. 17):

Here’s how to put church expansion dollars to better use

Might I suggest that the millions proposed to be spent by two large Charlotte churches on land and buildings be spent in ways that would more closely follow the teachings of the Jesus they seek to emulate.

He had much to say about our obligation to the poor and needy, and nothing to say about monuments in which to worship him.

If church leaders feel they need more places to gather their flock, why don’t they share space with churches with declining attendance or rent space from schools, public or private. I’m sure they could use the money.

Tom Caldwell

Monroe

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