Letters, Dec. 17

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

Gun control in America

I am among the millions of Americans mourning the tragic and senseless loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. This deadly rampage brings back the painful memories of the innocent lives also lost in the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings.

While I listen to the news reports recounting the details of this latest massacre, I am also waiting to learn how the NRA, the bought-and-paid-for politicians in their pocket, and Second Amendment extremists such as Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle will attempt to justify the current lack of adequate and reasonable gun control that might have abated these tragedies.

I would not be surprised to hear the NRA lobbying machines to now begin promoting that teachers be issued AK-47s, all students be required to carry concealed weapons, and schools begin implementing target practice as part of the school curriculum. This approach makes about as much sense as the positions taken now by those who oppose rational gun control laws.

Lee Nelson
Durham

 

A small matter?

I just can't understand why the Associated Press and The Herald-Sun would carry the story about the delay from October to December of the arrest of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez' aide -- an illegal immigrant and sex offender.

Certainly we're all in agreement that the safety of a few American girls is a small matter compared to the imperative of re-electing a Democratic senator and a Democratic president. After all, they need to retain their offices in order to resist the Republicans' War On Women.

Frank Hurley
Chapel Hill

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