NRA makes up the polarization
In response to “NRA forces polarization on guns” and “Lack of compromise on guns is killing us” (Oct. 6 Forum):
Forum writer Tom Lewis is rightly troubled regarding the lack of compromise – but he should pay attention to the letter from Phil Evans. There is not now, nor do I ever recall, a “ban them all” position by the mainstream. That is the biggest lie that the NRA has been using to brainwash and control gun owners.
Hunters should have access to rifles, not weapons for mass destruction. Citizens should have the right to handguns for self-defense. Greed, greed, greed is what our elected officials are giving in to when they take the NRA’s bribes.
Amy Hendee, Shelby
How many gun deaths will it take?
The Second Amendment gives people the right to bear arms. But where does it end? Some people say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” And while I’ve never heard of a gun being put on trial for murder, the massacre in Las Vegas could not have happened without a gun.
Here’s a question I would like all fervent gun supporters to think about: What exactly will it take, what kind of carnage must take place, before you change your views on gun sales, gun ownership and the Second Amendment? For some, the slaughter of 20 innocent children and six adults in Sandy Hook was enough. For many, the slaughter of almost 60 in Las Vegas will not be enough. When will we all say it’s enough? I think, sadly, for some there will never be enough.
George Evanoff, Midland
Actually, body-cam law is still flawed
In response to “We’re (happily) wrong about body-cam law” (Oct. 6 Opinion):
While the Observer has been able to access police body cam footage from court orders, the law is still restrictive in that it leaves that decision in the hands of judges. Though the judges in these cases have ruled to release the video, the same may not be true in other parts of the state with conservative judges who have ceaseless faith in their sheriffs and police departments.
As the editorial mentioned, the Observer had the resources to obtain the body cam footage yet those without resources may not be able to access the information.
Ultimately, this is still a flawed piece of legislation that places accountability in the hands of a judicial system that has a range of differing opinions on the subject of transparency in policing.
Jimmy Vasiliou, Charlotte
It’s time to bury Charlotte power lines
It’s time to bury Charlotte power lines
Bury Charlotte’s Web! It is time for a process to start burying all above ground electrical, cable, phone, etc. lines.
As a Charlotte native, I love our beautiful trees and I know the burying process will damage or destroy some. However, it certainly will be better than the half-trees we see along the roadways, thanks to the power company! Vehicles crashing into poles and trees falling on lines cause numerous outages and hours of work and taxpayers dollars to replace lines.
Let the Queen City become more progressive and bury the lines!
Alice Lupo Bischoff,
Please don’t stop criticizing Trump
In response to “Just how much should we criticize Trump?” (Oct. 1 Opinion):
Please don’t hesitate to continue to call out Trump for his absurdities. His is not the type of “leadership” the world needs, and the mistake of his election needs to be corrected. My only regret is that your voice doesn’t reach further. It should spread beyond Charlotte to all the corners of North Carolina that helped to make this tragedy possible.
The cries of protest in the streets don’t have the same power as the voices heard on Election Day. Your voice helps to keep it clear that there is a far better way to go forward, and you should continue to express your thoughts in the hope that people will become more enlightened and will make a better choice next time.
Bob Kirby, Charlotte
White people commit acts of terror
Our president has risen to power by stoking fear of minorities among white voters, including of Mexicans, Muslims and African Americans. Now, we have just witnessed the worst mass shooting in America. Last week’s tragedy was perpetrated by an old white man. How ironic is that?
Wes McLeod, Charlotte