Dick’s steps in where Congress has failed
Finally, a large retail sport entity, Dick’s Sporting Goods, has announced that it will no longer sell high-capacity magazines, assault-style rifles and all guns to anyone under the age of 21, regardless of state laws. I hope Dick’s competitor Academy Sports will show some responsibility on its gun sales. Unfortunately, our dysfunctional Congress will never enact meaningful safe-gun legislation. However, a movement like this has nothing to do with the many honest and safety-driven gun owners who are responsible. Thanks to Dick’s for stepping up and demonstrating responsibility.
Paul Korry, Fort Mill
Gun solutions start with research
Understanding problems starts with the collection of data about what is happening, where and who is affected. Yet today, by congressional legislation, no federal money may be used to collect data about gun violence as is done about contagious diseases or car accidents.
I strongly believe this prohibition must be removed. The federal government should be able to collect data on gun violence. This change, by itself, will not solve the problems gun violence causes. No one law can fully address such a complex issue. But it does provide a logical place to begin so that the country’s discussion about remedies may be based on information accurately describing the problem we confront.
Don’t teach kids that guns are the answer
Arming teachers in schools would be teaching our children that the only way to solve a problem is with a gun. Children will absorb the information you provide.
You are teaching them to believe that they need a gun.
Someone is making money on your children’s lives.
Planned Parenthood’s worse than the NRA
Planned Parenthood’s worse than the NRA
In response to “Don’t compare gun deaths and abortion” (Feb. 28 Forum):
I will never understand how we use a law to legally kill human life. Just because it’s legal, I guess it soothes our conscience. The comparison of Planned Parenthood with the NRA is very relevant. A parent chooses to end a life and is promoted openly by this organization. The NRA does not promote death. Its main goal is to protect the Second Amendment for all Americans.
Linda Sigmon, Denver
Paying college athletes won’t help
The idea of paying college athletes has rocketed to the front pages of sports publications once again. Should college athletes be paid? There are compelling arguments on both sides and each solution or suggestion seems to raise as many questions as it answers. Do you pay the same to the field hockey player as you pay the football player of the year?
The real shame is that paying the players will not change anything. Five-star players and their families will get “payola” from various sources to play at certain schools in addition to the school’s stipend.
College athletics is a multi-billion dollar business. Until the profiteers are controlled, there may be no adequate solution.
J. Gregory Fagan, Charlotte
Billy Graham wouldn’t have wanted this
Billy Graham’s roots in the Presbyterian Church would have called for Psalms and Prayers at a simple service. The one thing his funeral has in common with his heritage is the simple wood box. I believe in the resurrection of the dead as fervently as Billy Graham believed in it. I mourn the multiple transfers of his body, when I believe he would have wanted a small family and friends burial next to his wife. Shame on Franklin Graham and any who used his death to glamorize his basic message: believe in Jesus and be saved.
Sam Roberson, Fort Mill
Gerrymandering is still election threat
In response to “How NC is meeting the threat to election security” (Feb. 28 For the Record):
We should all be grateful that N.C. Board of Elections chief Kim Strach is vigilantly pursuing all voting threats. On the other hand, when will we put our collective feet down about political parties rigging our elections – via gerrymandering – in 10-year increments and before a single vote is cast? If we’re to have a “secure system” as Ms. Strach advocates, it’s past time to “Flush Gerrymandering” in favor of fair maps!
Harry Taylor, Charlotte