High-capacity magazines must go
It’s good that President Trump is encouraging administrative action to ban bump stocks, especially since automatic weapons are already illegal for obvious public safety reasons.
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It would be even better if he also took action against high-capacity magazines, which have been employed in far more mass shootings. Bump stocks are a cottage industry, while the magazines are highly profitable for gun manufacturers.
Trump will take credit for taking action, but by going after the lowest-hanging fruit administratively. His not going through Congress highlights the death grip that the NRA and its clients have on our politicians – and our nation.
Pat McCoy, Charlotte
Schools need TSA-like checkpoints
A possible solution: TSA-style checkpoints. A 100 percent fix? No, but nothing will be.
Expensive? Sure, but what price is a life?
Manageable? Sure, with staggered start times and staggered check points.
Better gun laws may help, but will never keep guns from those who really want them.
Moving the purchase age to 21 will not be the answer. People who are under age get what they want no matter what!
C.C. Ryder, Charlotte
Can’t turn all schools into fortresses
Our focus in responding to the shootings in Parkland, Fla., and at other schools needs to be on the children – not guns, not the shooters. Let’s not get lost in the “I’m not giving up my gun” or “It’s people with mental health problems” debates.
There are more than 130,000 public and private schools in our country. It is impossible to fortify that many schools like prisons.
Some people say the problem is the lack of respect some children have for schools and teachers. The real problem is adults, especially elected officials, who don’t have enough respect for children to find solutions.
Stan Howell, Charlotte
Friendly-fire deaths at school? No thanks.
Most veterans are aware of the risk of death from friendly fire.
President Trump, a non-veteran, sees armed teachers each grabbing his/her gun to engage in a frantic firefight with an AR-15 shooter without exposing students to a friendly-fire death.
Lloyd Weichinger, Waxhaw
Time for Burr, Tillis to refuse NRA money
In response to “Burr, Tillis received more NRA cash than most US lawmakers” (Feb. 17):
Are you listening, Sen. Richard Burr? Are you listening, Sen. Thom Tillis?
Will you continue taking money from the NRA? Or will you have the backbone to do a 180 to protect your fellow citizens?
You must decide if your career is worth more than countless innocent lives!
Constance Kolpitcke, Cornelius
On K-2 suspensions, CMS must do more
In response to “CMS took a good first step on suspensions” (Feb. 18 Forum):
The drop in K-2 suspensions is nothing to be celebrated. It means we just stopped sending kids home without addressing the underlying causes.
Teachers don’t suspend kids on a whim; there are strategies and interventions established for the student in the classroom before that happens.
If a 5-year-old is actually suspended, there are serious behavioral and emotional issues that need to be addressed, and our schools don’t have the resources or support for these mental health concerns.
Schools need more counselors, social workers and psychologists to give these kids (and teachers) the support they need before we can claim a meaningful “culture shift” in regards to K-2 suspensions.
Laura Shirazi, Charlotte
Charlotte should rethink hosting CIAA
In response to “Police are planning few changes for 2018 CIAA tournament” (Feb. 21):
Imagine if Charlotte hosted the NRA’s annual conference for the past three years, an event that would bring millions of dollars, thousands of people, and national media exposure to the city.
Further imagine that over the course of these years individuals in town because of the NRA stabbed at least one person and sprayed semi-automatic rounds at cars, into the streets, and at a hotel. Would Charlotte continue to trip over itself to host the NRA? I doubt it.
So why does it do so to host the CIAA? Is it a fair analogy, or am I comparing bullets to basketballs?
Jason Huber, Charlotte