Letters to the Editor

A cancer that needs a cure: U.S. gun violence

Marshall
Marshall

A cancer that needs a cure: gun violence

We live in a great country with a proud history of standing up for the rights and freedom of others.

But now so many people have died each year from gunfire in the U.S. that according to PolitiFact the death toll between 1968 and 2015 exceeds all wars ever fought by this country.

Did these brave Americans sacrifice their lives in battle so we could kill each other and live in daily fear?

Terrorism is a problem, but daily gun violence is a cancer on our country that needs to be cured.

Kelly Morlacci, Charlotte

Congress must ban assault weapons

If Congress had banned assault weapons after Sandy Hook, think how many lives might have been saved.

There isn’t any person who needs one of these weapons, with the exception of those at war.

We need more caring and smart people in our Congress. They are there to serve the people, not the NRA.

Angela Bickford, Charlotte

Focus vigilance on terrorists, not guns

In response to “Obama decries Pulse shooting as ‘act of terror’ ” (June 13):

In response to the atrocity in Orlando, President Barack Obama admonished Americans for not changing our attitudes towards gun control, gays and Muslims.

Might I redirect that challenge for us to change our attitudes to the literal responsible perpetrators: Islamic terrorists!

If we do not redirect our compass of civility and vigilance to the real causes of this tragedy, then it will simply be a prelude to what is yet to come: A potential biologic or nuclear apocalypse.

Barry Marshall, Charlotte

This jihad against guns is misguided

After the incredible massacre of innocent people in Orlando over the weekend, President Obama again continued his jihad against ownership of legally owned guns.

Just a thought, Sir: What if even one person in that nightclub had had a concealed carry permit and was carrying a pistol!

I cannot help but wonder how many lives that person might have saved by shooting the gunman.

Patricia Broderick, Mooresville

I don’t want Franklin Graham’s prayers

In response to “N.C. vigils for Orlando victims” (June 13):

I read that Franklin Graham is praying for the victims and families of the Orlando shooting.

Stop it!

You cannot spend your life trying to take away rights of gay people and condemning them for their sexual orientation and then feign concern and caring.

You give people like the shooter license to do what they do. I do not want your prayers.

Sharon Simpson, Charlotte

CHS mission, focus is high standard of care

In response to “CHS illegally drives up costs, antitrust suit says” (June 10):

I have been a private practice physician affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System for over 31 years and not CHS employed. During that time, which has culminated in my current position as Medical Staff President of Carolinas Medical Centers Central Division, I have dealt with the upper levels of CHS management on a continual basis.

I can emphatically assert that the primary mission of CHS is cutting edge, safe, compassionate, cost-effective care.

The leadership is continually focused upon discovering new ways to cut costs and ensure high standards of care. To claim otherwise is a lie.

Dr. John Camp Sr., Charlotte

Trump threatens judicial independence

In response to “Donald Trump faces uphill climb to White House” (June 11):

The writer is an intern with Justice Initiatives.

The concept of judicial independence requires our judges have the freedom to follow the law without undue influence or retribution.

A call by a presidential candidate to have a federal judge “looked into” because he does not like the outcome of a ruling is misguided regardless of the racial undertones.

Arbitrarily accusing a judge of bias in such a high-profile manner undermines the credibility and authority of the overall institution. Loss of public trust and confidence in our justice system is a sure recipe for destabilizing our civil society.

Katelyn Lee, Charlotte

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