Don’t change effective gun laws
In response to “Debate spirited on concealed gun bill” (June 2):
The General Assembly may eliminate our state’s successful concealed carry weapons permitting system. The system requires eight hours of classroom and live fire training. Without these classes, the public cannot be certain that a gun owner is knowledgeable of the laws on carrying a hidden loaded weapon in public.
Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia mandate range time as part of their permitting process. A 2015 study from Mount St. Mary’s University shows that this training helps assure the safe handling of a firearm: “Those participants with less training and experience lack a realistic sense of what can and should be done in these stressful scenarios.”
Let’s not risk public safety. Leave concealed carry statutes alone.
Richard J. Osborne,
Charlotte crime is out of control
In response to “Man arrested in assault on couple near Charlotte Convention Center” (June 2):
I’m deeply distressed by Friday’s front page story relating to the horrendous crime perpetrated on a couple visiting Charlotte. This crime would appear to be carried out by a 19-year-old individual with a significant criminal record who obviously should not have been allowed out of incarceration.
It is all too apparent that unless the Charlotte government and police department start taking the crime problem seriously, we are fast evolving into another failed city run by Democrats, like Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, San Francisco, Detroit, New York and others. This would be a tragedy.
Ray Hargreaves, Marvin
How could Charlotte rebrand?
In response to "“Not No. 2 banking city anymore? Time to rebrand...” (June 1):
Charlotte does need a new brand. The city should hold a contest to name it, much like the contest for an official city song.
Allow me to submit a few: “Charlotte: The Murder Capital of NC” or “Charlotte: Where Sports Venues Are More Important Than Teachers.”
Kenan Sneed, Charlotte
Government should help the poor
In response to “Trump's budget doesn't go far enough” (June 2 Forum):
I am sure Mr. Dockery is right that Jesus did not say it was the job of government to take care of the poor. However, the Preamble to our Constitution is clear that it is the federal government’s job. The Preamble lists six objectives for the Constitution. No party or religious denomination gets to cherry pick which benefits of our democracy will be extended to whom. “Promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” are on an equal footing with “providing for a common defense.” So, yes, providing for health, education, and caring for those in need is the government’s job.
Where’s the D-Day recognition?
I was disappointed to note the only mention of D-Day (June 6, 1944) in your June 6 edition was in the Peanuts strip on your comics page. This was an important day in our history and one in which there were many American casualties. It would have been nice if there was a mention on your front page instead of headlines about tweets and sports injuries. Those who perished that day and their families should be thanked for the ultimate sacrifice.
Barb Scott, Mooresville
Kathy Griffin, take responsibility
Kathy Griffin’s new strategy to blame Donald Trump (and his family) for her problems after her PR blunder is the equivalent of an idiot dousing himself with gasoline, standing next to a fire and then blaming the fire for the injuries he sustained. She’s got no one to blame but herself.
James Todd, Charlotte
Bloomberg, don’t encourage him!
In response to “Bloomberg to help pay U.N. climate costs” (June 4):
Michael Bloomberg’s charity pledge of $15 million to the U.N. to replace the U.S. share sends exactly the wrong message to Washington. Whether it’s climate, food stamps, or education the rationalization to cut funding claims private charities will step up to cover the shortfall.
This is a debt that all of us owe and the best way to show our respect for the global community is to gladly give our half-cent each.
William C. Barnes,