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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Senate says no to gun controls” (April 18):

Shame on those in Senate who fell for myths created by NRA

Senators, the apparition of jack-booted government agents beating down the doors of innocent gun owners is the futuristic realm of survivalists, Hollywood and the NRA.

The reality of Columbine (15), Newtown (26), Tucson (6), Virginia Tech (33), Aurora (12), Fort Hood (13), the Sikh Temple (7), and the Amish School (6) is where we live – our families, our neighbors, and, most importantly, our children.

Shame on you!

Tom Wiberg

Statesville

Obama’s response ‘political theater’; he never had votes

President Obama’s childish display of anger after the Senate voted down his gun control measures was nothing more than political theater. He knew he didn’t have the votes to pass bills. It just gave him an opportunity to demonize everyone who opposes him on gun control.

Grow up, Mr. President!

John Petrie

Fort Mill

Senators ignored mandate from public on background checks

Shame on the Senate! Shame on citizens who send representatives to Washington who are nothing but puppets to well-heeled PACs and corporations.

When even a watered down background check bill is defeated in the Senate, it is apparent our representatives care nothing about the daily gun carnage in our country – or about the people who elected them.

Diana Drye

New London

President pins blame in wrong place; gun lobby didn’t vote

President Obama blames the gun lobby for the failure to pass the Senate legislation.

When do elected officials stop passing the buck? The gun lobby did not vote; our senators voted.

The Obama/Biden failure to lead the effort and the “no” votes cast by the hands of our elected officials defeated this bill.

Grafton Withers

Charlotte


In response to “Move is afoot to make government less open” (April 17 Editorial):

Seems Sen. Tucker could benefit from a history lesson

As your elder, Sen. Tucker, let me give you a history lesson. We wouldn’t have gotten out of Vietnam if a massive number of Americans hadn’t spoken up.

Had we been quiet, women wouldn’t have the right to vote. The Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act would never have been passed, and my partner of 23 years and I wouldn’t be hopeful that some day soon we’ll be able to marry in North Carolina.

Any perceived power you have was invested in you by the people, not the other way around.

Diana Travis

Charlotte


In response to “Second Amendment is archaic, needs to be replaced” (April 16 Forum):

Constitution should reflect changes in society, gun power

Thank you Larry Bennett! Finally, a sensible Forum letter on this subject.

Thomas Jefferson suggested we alter the Constitution regularly to reflect the needs of an ever-changing society. When the Second Amendment was written, the weaponry in question was a single-load musket and it was up to citizens to bring their own guns to battle if attacked.

No one of the day could have dreamed of weapons designed to murder en masse.

Background checks and identifying and treating mental illness will help, but one thing is clear. Limiting magazines will help take the “mass” out of mass murder.

Janis Denney

Harrisburg

Right to bear arms inherent, should be difficult to negate

Forum writer Larry Bennett appears to be under the impression that the Bill of Rights is a list of privileges given to us by the government.

You are not given the right to freedom of speech or religion, or to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. You inherently have them and the government cannot take them away.

That is the reason the founding fathers made the requirements to alter any of the original 10 amendments so much higher than for those that followed.

And yes, Mr. Bennett, that includes the right to keep and bear arms.

Dave Richardson

Denver, N.C.


In response to “ ‘Vision’ for greenway to be unveiled” (April 18):

Linear park sounds great, but keep bike commuters in mind

The existing trail along the Blue Line provides a safe bicycle commute into and out of uptown. A park-like atmosphere will be great for business, but please ensure that the trail retains its bicycle commuter function. Also, provide a similar commuter trail north to UNC Charlotte with park-like sections as appropriate, especially in NoDa.

Nancy Pierce

Charlotte


4 reasons why city’s streetcar plan makes sense long term

The East-West streetcar being debated by City Council is only one part of the 2030 Transit Plan. This long-range plan was developed and approved by City Council when Gov. Pat McCrory was mayor. It made sense then and makes sense now.

First, because of anticipated fast growth in Charlotte. Second, because streetcars are cheaper to build than lightrail. Third, because streetcars are the desired transit option for dense corridors where there is not enough land to build lightrail.

Lastly, because economic development always follows permanent track more so than bus service. We must plan for our future.

George J. Sawyer

Charlotte

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