Common-sense reform gets my vote
I have never owned a gun but respect and support your right to do so. However, that right comes with responsibility and is not compromised if we:
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▪ Require that you are 21 and wait at least a week to purchase.
▪ Do a thorough background check.
▪ Restrict assault rifle ownership, or as a minimum prohibit rapid-fire modifications and extended magazines.
▪ Require every owner be permitted and every gun registered.
To do nothing is senseless and immoral. If you seek political office but accept the NRA’s lobby against common-sense reform, you lose my vote.
Paul C. Perlik, Charlotte
Only law-abiding would turn in guns
If a ban were placed on guns, who would turn them in? Does anyone think that criminals and the mentally ill would line up to say: “Please take my gun”?
The only people who would turn in their guns are the law-abiding citizens.
These students shoot up schools where they were bullied by other students. It might help to stop the bullying.
Pat Sherrill, Cherryville
Don’t turn my school into a fortress
Please stop proposing to turn schools into prison-like fortresses.
As a senior in high school, I have spent the majority of my time for 15 years in school buildings. School is where my life takes place. I do not want to be in an environment with armed officers and bulletproof vests.
Maybe government should fix the actual problems of gun regulation instead of sentencing its youth to years in these “prisons.”
Elizabeth Karlsson, Mooresville
Arm teachers? Only if highly trained
Perhaps arming teachers might be one option to protect our students. However, my wife and I have permits to carry and the minimum qualifying tests we went through in no way make us ready to confront an armed shooter.
If this option is to be considered, the training and qualifying standards should be close to that of a law enforcement officer. In addition, a law officer is required to qualify each year. That should be the standard for an armed individual in a school.
Vince Watkins, Cornelius
Don’t ask teachers to defend students
If we as a society insist on providing high-capacity, military-grade assault weapons, we should expect to pay for the added security needed to keep our schools and public places safe. Don’t add that burden to our teachers!
Sam Hatcher, Matthews
Making schools safe isn’t teacher’s job
I am a Second Amendment proponent. I own guns and have had concealed carry training. I’m also a career educator.
Teachers compose lesson plans, track student progress, manage students in hallways, feed, wipe noses, apply Band-Aids, and in some cases, such as my wife and I,, take students into our homes.
Now some want a limited number of teachers to arm themselves.
No, it is the responsibility of law enforcement, courts and school systems to secure the safety of teachers and students.
Sadly, most of these tragedies will end when teachers are able to sue their employers for having knowledge of workplace threats but failing to act.
Thomas Crawford, Forest City
On meddling, ball is in Trump’s court
President Trump asks why President Obama didn’t do something about Russian meddling. He’s right, Obama should have done more.
But now the ball is in your court, Mr. President.
Our entire intelligence community says Russia did meddle. Why don’t you do something about it?
Harvey Cohen, Charlotte
Welcome the GOP with open arms
In response to “Activists question Charlotte’s bid to host Trump’s RNC in 2020” (Feb. 18):
Fortunately the leaders of the city – both political and in economic development – appreciate the value of having a large national political convention in Charlotte. It’s economic impact is substantial and the visibility for the city on a national stage is important for our future.
The liberal activists who deplore even bidding for this convention are entitled to their opinions and should voice them loud and clear. But the message we should be sending is: Come to our city, engage in civil political discourse, and spend your money with our hotels, restaurants, and everyone who benefits from this type of event.
Bill Rice, Charlotte