Focus on shooters, not on the guns
In response to Our View “Who’s willing to act to stop gun violence?” (Feb. 16 Editorial):
There is no such thing as gun violence. There are violent and disturbed people who use guns, knives, hammers, etc. to cause violence, but the gun itself is nothing without human intervention.
I have guns around me constantly, and they do not cause any violence.
The headline on this editorial should have read: “Who’s willing to act to stop human violence?” Then, and only then, will this nation be able to solve the problem of senseless deaths, as in Parkland, Fla.
Frank Jones, Stella
As guns proliferate, violence grows
In response to “Gun control? No, society needs to change” (Feb. 16 Forum):
Forum writer Catherine Stout asserts current gun violence is a result of our changing culture.
A 2012 Congressional Research Service study indicates per capita gun ownership has doubled since 1968. The U.S. has 10 times more guns per capita than the rest of the world combined, and Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by a gun than citizens in industrialized countries.
Dale W. Saville, Charlotte
Shutting down the NRA won’t solve it
Shut down the NRA and confiscate all guns! But, sadly, we will still be left with the mentally troubled individuals who commit these awful acts, who, absent guns, will find other ways to kill out of pure evil.
Statistically, this was not a problem before the 1970s, when we used to have more respect for human life.
James B. Hall, Charlotte
Ban the sale of assault weapons
Republicans keep saying gun violence is rooted in mental illness. I can’t deny that. However, I can’t believe the U.S. has more mentally ill people per capita than any other nation. Yet, we lead the world in gun violence by a large margin.
The only difference is our access to guns, in particular, assault-style weapons. Civilians should not be allowed to own them, plain and simple.
For the sake of our children and grandchildren, it’s time for Rep. Robert Pittenger and Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to disavow the NRA on this issue and sponsor legislation to ban the sale of these weapons to civilians under all circumstances.
Gene Doar, Charlotte
Hope Coleman runs for office some day
In response to “How my trip to the shooting range changed how I think about gun owners” (Feb. 15 Opinion):
In an age in which hyperbole is the norm, Duke sophomore Nicolas Coleman’s honest and reasoned iteration of a non-gun owner’s visit to a shooting range was a cleansing breath of fresh air.
I hope minds like Coleman’s make balanced decisions for America in the future. Nicolas, consider political office.
Eddie Goodall, Weddington
I found the gun range frightening
Like Nicolas Coleman, I arrived at my first gun range visit with the desire to give it a chance. But quickly, I couldn’t wait to be done with it. The experience was frightening.
I left with hearing damage from improperly inserted ear plugs and the knowledge that all weapons are designed to propel a piece of metal at a velocity high enough to put a hole in something.
My dinky .22-caliber pistol shredded the target. Can you imagine the horror of a roomful of trapped school children being mowed down by an assault weapon?
Albert So, Charlotte
CMS took a good first step on suspensions
CMS took a good first step on suspensions
In response to “Suspensions down; some still skeptical” (Feb. 15):
The writer is executive director of Council for Children’s Rights.
CMS staff should be praised for reducing K-2 suspensions by 87 percent compared to last year.
Our two questions are: Why is the racial disproportionality still so high (two-thirds of the 48 were African-American boys), and will this “culture shift,” as board member Elyse Dashew called it, apply to older students?
CMS still removes too many grade 3-12 students, mostly males of color, from their classrooms through suspension and reassignment to alternative schools. The K-2 success demonstrates that educational discipline can both maintain order and support the education of children who need more help.
Now CMS must extend the success of this culture shift to all students.
Bob Simmons, Charlotte