Arming teachers could save lives
Knowing there were armed folks inside might have changed the Florida shooter’s mind. Being armed changes the calculus of the situation whether the weapon is employed or not.
I’m retired military, and taught for a few years. Were teachers like me allowed to be armed things might work out differently.
I’m not saying I’d chase after the guy, but if he breached my classroom door, I’d have an option other than stand in front of my kids and be riddled. If he stopped to reload nearby, I might have an opportunity to intervene.
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We say I might take out a student with inaccurate fire or I might be shot by law enforcement by mistake. Possibly. But there are no risk-less solutions when it comes to dealing with murders in progress.
Tom Massey, Waxhaw
NRA met its match: righteous anger
Our American political system is passing a significant milestone – the passing of the peak NRA.
In recent days, we have listened to the familiar and uncompromising words of the NRA in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As usual, Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch have cleverly delivered their message that the only way to improve the outcome of the gun violence equation is to add more guns.
This message has been repackaged too many times and may have finally met its match in the righteous anger spreading from the survivors and community of Parkland, Fla.
Gerald Davis, Hendersonville
Fed-up gun owners can change NRA
In response to “I would give up my assault weapon” (Feb. 27 Forum):
Forum writer Henry Greene and people like him hold the key to resolving our gun problem.
Despite being a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the owner of an assault weapon,he recognizes that something must be done – and he’s not buying the truly bizarre claims and non-solutions that Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch are selling.
I’m not sure how the NRA transformed from a respected gun safety and education organization into an extreme right-wing influence machine over the past 50 years, but hopefully there are enough reasonable, rational, fed-up gun owners like Mr. Greene to finally restore sanity to the gun lobby and its agenda.
Greg Carr, Cornelius
Sessions stood up to Trump; I’m pleased
In response to “Sessions pushes back on Trump criticism over handling of FBI” (March 1):
Although the Department of Justice is part of the executive branch, it is not a mere tool of the president. Its business is justice, which means being fair, impartial and independent from presidential pressures.
It is fundamental to our democracy that no man be above the law. Hats off to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his independence from the president and thereby being a stalwart defender of our democracy.
David Sohn, Charlotte
Morgan sugar-coated toll lanes debacle
In response to “The Blue Line is complete. Now what about all our other transportation needs?” (March 1 Opinion):
Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan sugar-coated the I-77 funding debacle involving toll lanes. He ignores some facts, including the financial failure of similar projects in Indiana, Virginia, Texas, and other states.
He also ignores the countless hours and related costs now underway to undo the poorly vetted contract awarded to Cintra to widen I-77.
As we’ve learned from the contract, which was awarded with 50-year restrictions designed to maintain congestion on the Lake Norman region’s “Main Street” and enable profits for Cintra, other options should be carefully considered and all contracts fully vetted before being awarded.
Bill Clegg, Huntersville
So why is Monaghan still a Republican?
In response to “ ‘Saddened and infuriated’ by HB2, she’s challenging the lawmaker behind it” (Feb. 26):
Good for Beth Monaghan for challenging state Sen. Dan Bishop for his seat, stirred in part by the N.C. legislature’s hateful passage of HB2.
She says she is offended that her home state would enact legislation that in essence says her son, who is gay, is “less than.” My question for Ms. Monaghan is this: In light of the prevailing GOP view that members of the LGBTQ community are, in essence, “confused,” why is she still a Republican?
Janet Taylor, Lincolnton