I fault left’s ramped up rhetoric, not guns
In response to “ ‘Thoughts and prayers’ are meaningless. To stop mass shootings, we need to do this” (June 15 charlotteobserver.com):
Op-ed writer Marcos Breton said we are all cowards unless we raise our voices against the proliferation of guns in America.
As always, these canards tossed out by the left just insult more freedom-loving Americans who remember that the assault weapons ban did nothing to lower gun crime.
Keying in on the instrument used only when it is a gun is an empty argument indeed and fails to address that the man was stopped by a gun.
If anything, the heightened political rhetoric of the left contributed to this deranged individual, not the gun.
Stephen Conlon, Charlotte
Bring democracy back to N.C.
We must demand that North Carolina – like many states and democratic countries – adopt a nonpartisan process for creating voting districts.
As long as the dominant party is allowed to gerrymander we are stuck with legislators whose re-elections are guaranteed.
They are only accountable to the hard-core base. By definition, North Carolina is no longer a fully-functioning democracy.
Debbie Snowdon, Denver, N.C.
I feel helpless and disenfranchised
Silence and frustration seem to have taken precedence over freedom and democracy in our country.
There are 65,853,516 Americans of various socioeconomic classes and ethnic backgrounds who have been left voiceless after the 2016 election.
For a country that champions freedom of speech, it seems that the opinions of many in this country are being disregarded by a single-party government. There is no democracy in that.
We are watching as our government destroys our Earth and brandishes an ignorant and racist demeanor in response to global issues.
In this America, I feel like a spectator to world discord. I feel helpless and disenfranchised.
Evelyn Gandy, Huntersville
Steph, put politics aside, go see Trump
When players say they’re not going to the White House because of a president’s politics, they are injecting politics into something that’s supposed to be non-political.
My advice: Accept the honor from the White House, take the trip, have a little lunch, take some pictures, hit some hot spots in D.C., take in a Nats game, and continue to cherish being champions.
There’s plenty of opportunity to engage in political discourse in other ways. Steph, you set the example.
Edwin Ham, Charlotte
Curry best beware of possible blowback
Just remember, a lot of Republicans rooted for Steph Curry and the Warriors during the finals.
What would happen if Republicans refuse to buy his sponsor’s garments? That could be a big financial blow. If it worked against Ivanka Trump, it’ll work against Curry.
Thomas Scott, York, S.C.
Focus should be on methane emissions
I appreciate the Observer’s reporting on the climate treaty but want to add some important facts from Cornell University’s Methane Project:
Natural gas is not a “cleaner” option to coal, as methane, including that leaked/vented from natural gas operations, is 100 times worse than CO2. The surge in atmospheric methane is now the leading driver of climate change.
To imply that Duke Energy is being a good steward in moving to natural gas is wrong, because Duke does not include methane in its calculations.
Yes, CO2 emissions are down, but methane emissions are growing dramatically.
Ron Bryant, Charlotte
Get real, gangs don’t care about laws
In response to (Raleigh) News & Observer’s “A foolish gun bill” (June 12 Editorial):
I have a concealed carry permit, and will continue to do so whether the bill passes or not.
It also allows me to purchase a handgun whenever I choose without having to go back to the sheriff’s office for permission, and grants me the privilege to carry concealed in other states.
However, I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculous assertion by Rep. John Faircloth that law enforcement needs concealed weapons laws to fight gangs.
Thugs in gangs don’t care about any laws, least of all concealed carry.
It seems to me that too often when they are caught with a weapon they get a slap on the wrist and are released.
Jeff Rees, Catawba, N.C.