Letters to the editor – Tuesday – 2-16-16

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Poston will protect concealed-carry rights

Andrew Poston is running for 77th District of the N.C. House as a Republican against Harry Warren. Recently, Andrew discovered that in the Tennessee Legislature, Senate Bill 1736 has been proposed that advances public safety, particularly for people who have undergone training for their carry concealed license.

North Carolina has a similar problem in that N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-415.11 prohibits carry “on any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a conspicuous notice or statement by the person in legal possession or control of the premises.”

A similar NC law should be enacted to balance the rights and interests of private property owners to control their property with the rights of CCW holders to protect themselves. When a statute forces concealed carry holders and open carry proponents to abandon their right of armed self-defense to enter a business, they should have security to protect you or liability insurance if they don’t.

These “victimization zones,” while arguably necessary to protect the property rights of possessors, should carry a responsibility to protect the citizenry. No civil cause of action exists in North Carolina, at present, where the family of a slain CCW holder thus stripped of his or her rights, can recover for injury or death in such a place.

Andrew Poston promises to introduce a bill based upon the Tennessee bill when elected. He has called upon Warren to immediately “steal his thunder” and propose the himself to provide civil redress for citizens killed and maimed while being stripped of their rights on private property, by possessors who fail to provide security. Even if Andrew doesn’t prevail, and Warren champions this bill to approval as law, this would be a lasting legacy to Andrew’s efforts to protect NC citizens.

— Mike Julian


Worse than Sanders

What is wrong with this picture?

We have Bernie Sanders, a socialist, meeting with Al Sharpton who owes more than $4 million in back taxes to the U. S. Treasury, to ask Al to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

Hillary has gained the support of Wall Street in her efforts to become our next President; however, she threatens to make sure that those evil men on Wall Street are put behind bars if they don’t stop taking advantage of the American people. Has Hillary taken advantage of those men by accepting their money and then threatening to put them in jail?

Hillary may have some judicial problems as well. It seems that there is a small matter of several thousand highly classified emails that may have been maintained on her personal server. She has told us that she did nothing wrong. The FBI may have other ideas.

Do we believe that our current President will tell his Attorney General to charge Hillary like he told his past Attorney General to charge General Petraeus for his misuse of classified material? If I were a betting man, I would bet that Hillary goes uncharged. She has told us repeatedly that she did nothing wrong.

However, she also told the families of the Benghazi victims that a video caused the attack on the embassy. That was a lie and she knew it.

She also said she was shot at in Bosnia but later recanted, saying she made a mistake (another lie). Trust me, as someone who has been shot at a few times, you do know it when someone is shooting at you.

Can she be trusted to be our next President? I hope the people of Rowan County and this great country can find someone more deserving than Hillary. Yes, even Bernie.

— Gray Medinger