Letters to the editor — Tuesday (2-12-2013)

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:14 a.m.

Stronger firearm regulations could create safer environment

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and use them for lawful purposes. The exact meaning of what type of firearm this amendment protects is still being debated.

Whatever the outcome of these deliberations, firearms will still be sold. However, was it the intention of the original authors to permit the wanton destruction of human life when this amendment was drafted? Did these learned scholars ever imagine a weapon being able to fire multiple rounds of high velocity bullets, resulting in tragic deaths of so many innocent people? I don’t think so.

An assault weapon ban would not have prevented some of our most recent tragic mass murders, but having a comprehensive gun control policy with an assault weapons ban and broadening the federal standards for background checks, tying mental health records to background checks, would offer an additional step towards reducing gun violence. Incorporating gun show sales and used firearms sales in the same comprehensive checks would eliminate one glaring loophole that exists today and will be an another proactive step towards a safer America.

I’m not naïve enough to say that these measures alone will eliminate all gun violence. However, if these measures were linked with a mandatory safety and training course prior to the purchase of any firearm, then we would see positive steps to a safer environment.

The intensity of feelings from both advocates for and against gun control must be tempered by the law of the land. While it is our right to bear arms, we are a modern society and as such we must offer up a compromise when it involves our safety and our sanity. The sense of insecurity that comes from a random killing spree ata shopping centers, movie theaters and school rooms should be enough to galvanize us all into actively insisting our leaders do the right thing and pass a comprehensive bill that reduces the likelihood of another unnecessary death.

— Frank Justin


Make maintenance a priority

If the Rowan-Salisbury schools have money enough to build a new central office, why does the system not have enough money to get new seats in the Salisbury High school auditorium? The ones in there now are ancient and malfunctioning. We must maintain what we have before we build more.

Could we use the vacant Department of Social Services building near Summersett Funeral Home for a temporary quarters for a central office? It has a large parking lot. I don’t know how many square feet are needed, but I am not in favor of borrowing $8 million for a new building when the buildings we have are so poorly maintained.

— Pat Moore


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