Letters to the Editor

10/28 Your letters: Becky Ceartas, Daniel C. Cherrix, and Carla Stolzenthaler

Gun laws work

I recently attended the States United to Prevent Gun Violence's meeting in Washington where I heard one of the nation's leading experts on gun violence prevention speak about the effectiveness of permit to purchase gun laws. Most notably, Connecticut’s gun homicide rate decreased by an astounding 40 percent after enacting such a law.

One of the studies’ authors, Daniel Webster, notes in this Johns Hopkins piece that “these studies provide compelling evidence that permit to purchase licensing systems is one of the most effective policies we have to reduce gun violence.”

I also learned about innovative programs to prevent gun violence in urban areas. The Live Free Campaign in particular is doing some great work in this area with successful results. In Stockton, California, there was a 55 percent drop in gun violence over a two- to three-year period.

Thankfully North Carolina already has a pistol purchase permitting system that requires owners, to go to the sheriff’s office to get a permit and undergo a background check no matter where they are buying a handgun. It is a deterrence to criminals because they don't want to undergo a background check and go face to face with law enforcement and risk being caught.

Finally, attorneys general from 17 states wrote a joint letter to House and Senate leaders calling on them to stop the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein was one of the signatories. We thank him for his leadership on this important issue.

Concealed carry reciprocity forces states with strong permit laws to accept concealed carry weapons permits from other states, even those with little or no permitting requirements. It is not like a driver's license. There is no uniform standard across states and many do not have strong training requirements like North Carolina.

Becky Ceartas

North Carolinians Against Gun Violence

Quilts for the needy

Christus Victor Lutheran Church at 1615 East N.C. Highway 54, Durham, will have a blessing ceremony during worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, for health kits, school kits and 160 quilts made this year. These will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to refugees and the needy around the world.

Seventeen years ago four women began making quilts from used sheets and sent 12 quilts to LWR. Now at least 11 women and men continue the tradition. We use special table risers, templates for knot placement and other equipment made by our members. One of our men undergoing dialysis still zigzags stitches to complete hems on our quilts.

Through the years we've had ongoing support from the congregation and Thrivent, a Christian financial and service organization, to purchase fabric, batting and other supplies. We follow distribution of quilts at quilt map.lwr.org and this year we'll be able to track specific boxes. It costs $2.25 to ship each quilt and we've learned for every $1 given to LWR Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund, someone receives $8 worth of essential personal items.

Join us to celebrate and bless our kits and quilts. Our quilts will cover every pew and create very comfortable seating. No experience is needed to help with seam-ripping, tying knots, threading needles or cutting fabric any Monday 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Find more information at www.christus-victor.org and lwr.org/quilts.

Carla Stolzenthaler


Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, in partnership with the Inter-Faith Council, will offer the second annual Service of Vespers for All Souls and in Remembrance of the Homeless at 6 p.m. Nov. 5. Vespers is a contemplative, candle-lit service based on one of the most ancient liturgies of the church. At the service, the names of those who have died unhoused over the past year in Orange County will be read, and an offering will be received to benefit the IFC. The Binkley Chancel Choir will be joined by the North Carolina Boys Choir to sing music of Aaron Copeland, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, Stephen Paulus, and Moses Hogan. The Rev'd Mindy Douglas, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, will be the guest preacher.

Last year over $700 was raised to benefit the Inter-Faith Council. This year our goal is to double that amount.

Historic Binkley Church at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill has a long tradition of outreach, discipleship, speaking out for social justice, and caring for others in our community.

For more information please visit www.binkleychurch.org or call 919-641-3770.

We need your help to make the night a success, and we look forward to seeing you on Nov. 5.

Daniel C. Cherrix

Minister of Music and Organist

Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church


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