Quit manufacturing so many guns
In response to “Gun control? No, society must change” (Feb. 16 Forum):
The ATF says the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. has nearly doubled from 5.5 million in 2010 to nearly 10.9 million in 2013. That doesn’t include guns manufactured for the military.
So in response to Forum writer Catherine Stout’s question about what really needs to change: For starters, let’s reduce the number of guns manufactured in the U.S. by 70 percent, back to 1986 levels when 3 million were manufactured.
Catherine Connor, Mooresville
TV, video games send wrong message
While I do not support laws that ban the sale of guns to American citizens, I do understand that the parent of a child lost in this type of incident doesn’t care if the gun is automatic or semi-automatic.
Legal semi-automatic guns are still incredibly lethal and can fire a large volley of bullets in a short period of time. In a culture where our movies, TV shows and video games pound home the message that conflict is best resolved by gun violence, it is not surprising when an unstable person blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
Brad Frazier, Iron Station
Halt sale of assault weapons, ammo
Here we go again, another school massacre. Clearly something must be done to halt not only the sale of semi-automatic weapons, but also the endless rounds of ammunition. You do not need an assault weapon and endless rounds to protect your family or to hunt.
Stop this at the source!
Pam Williams, Charlotte
NRA will answer to students who survive
My generation has failed tiny children, church congregations, concert-goers, domestic violence victims, and high school students because we lacked the will to pass reasonable gun control laws and provide adequate mental health resources.
But the NRA and politicians who side with the NRA should be on alert. The students who survived these mass shootings will remember you when they are old enough to vote in the next few years.
Stefanie Groot, Charlotte
Counting on a 2018 Democratic wave
As a Democrat I hope Forum writer Traci Cockerham is wrong about a GOP wave in 2018. (“Bashing Trump won’t be enough to win,” Feb. 14 Forum)
Since President Trump has been elected, along with a GOP Congress, we have seen regulations for clean air and water discarded. We’ve seen women’s rights trampled. We’ve seen disregard for science, climate change, and the LBGTQ and minority communities.
As Trump talks about cuts, I worry Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs will also suffer.
While it’s true most of us will see a bit more in our paychecks, let’s not forgot that those who needed a tax cut the least have gotten a windfall.
For these reasons I hope the Democrats take back Congress.
Laura Reich, Matthews
A year of hard labor for illegal immigrants
President Trump’s proposed budget for an $18 billion wall along the border with Mexico could better be spent elsewhere.
Many illegal immigrants are lured into the U.S. for cheap labor. A federal law would disallow any local government from providing them a sanctuary.
Many are caught and returned, but come back time and again. A solution could be to sentence these trespassers to a year of hard labor before returning them home. Just a threat of this law would be a deterrent.
Bill Brannon, Davidson
Tax businesses that hire illegal workers
It is typical that the “party of business,” which has for so long profited from cheap illegal labor, didn’t foresee the day when its exploitation of these unfortunate people might backfire.
If we’ve learned anything from the war on drugs, it’s that as long as there is a market people will find a way to exploit it. And as long as there are no real consequences for hiring illegal labor, no wall ever built will keep these people out.
So If we’re going to have a boondoggle regardless, how about a tax on the businesses that benefit most – restaurants, hotels and construction. Looking at you, Mr. Trump.
Timothy Weeks, Fort Mill
Bush, Obama, Trump; they all let me down
Bush, Obama, Trump; they all let me down
I voted for George Bush and was disenchanted.
I voted for Barack Obama and was disappointed.
Then, I voted for Donald Trump and am now disgusted.
Is it me?
Fooad Nathan, Fort Mill