Letters to the editor – Many readers want more on gun control


Make the change, Texans

Re: “Texas’ Lax Gun Laws Set It Apart – State Leads US in Mass Shootings, Gun Sales and Licensed Dealers”, June 5 article.

Here are some data from this Dallas Morning News story.

Texas has more licensed gun dealers and manufacturers than any other state. It is home to just over 6,000 gun dealers, according to May 2022 licensing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That’s more than twice as much as any other state, according to your newspaper.

Texas has also had more people killed in mass shootings than any other state. And it’s easier for teenagers in Texas to buy an AR-15 than a handgun or even a beer, according to the story.

Texas received an F, its lowest grade, from Giffords Law Center for preventing gun violence. Texas, they claim, has above-average rates of firearm homicides. And the problem is getting worse.

More data shows that three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history occurred in Texas while Greg Abbott was governor. Gun homicide rates have risen 66% under Abbott and since he took office in 2015, more than 570 Texas children have been killed with guns, more than any other state in the past of this period.

Texans, don’t you think it’s time for a change?

Richard French, East Dallas

Wait, you mean…

The governor of Texas therefore declared that it would be unconstitutional to raise the age for purchasing military-style rifles. I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did just that, shortly after the school massacre in Parkland. He faced no constitutional challenge.

Paul HalebianDallas

Done and not done

Governor Greg Abbott, remember what you did. In 2015, you authorized the carrying of weapons on campus; in 2019, you authorized firearms in places of worship; and in 2021, you allowed guns to be carried without a license, allowed gun silencers, and made Texas a Second Amendment sanctuary state exempt from federal gun laws

Also in 2021, you cut spending on Texas Health and Human Services (which is responsible for mental health programs) by $117 million, and again in 2022, you cut spending on HHS by $93 million.

Governor Abbott, remember what you didn’t do: universal background checks, red flag laws, raising the minimum gun purchase age, reducing magazine capacity and making possession of a fully automatic machine gun a felony.

Governor Abbott, remember now the lives lost in the Uvalde massacre: Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10; Jacklyn Cazares, 9; Makenna Lee Elrod, 10; Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10; Elianna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia, 9; Irma Garcia, 48; Uziya Garcia, 10 years old; Amerie Jo Garza, 10; Xavier López, 10 years old; Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10; Tess Marie Mata, 10; Maranda Mathis, 11; Eva Mireles, 44; Alithia Ramírez, 10 years old; Annabell Rodríguez, 10; Maïté Rodriguez, 10 years old; Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, 10; Layla Salazar, 11; Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10; Eliahna Torres, 10; and Rojelio Torres, 10. Cause and Effect. Vote Greg Abbott out of office on November 8.

David E. Voss, Dallas

Less interest in police careers

Re: ‘Fewer people want to be cops – City struggles to replenish ranks’, 9/11 news report.

The story explaining why fewer people want to be cops listed “strained community relations, job hazards, and tougher standards.” Nowhere in history have I seen anything about the lack of sensible gun control laws here in Texas.

Every day a cop walks out of his house into what is essentially a combat zone. As much as we want to believe that they are well equipped to face it, with bulletproof vests and firepower, as much we ask them to arrive in the middle of a gang war where there are several people with military-style rifles and semi-automatics. guns.

There were more than 4,000 gun-related deaths in Texas last year. There were 150,464 guns purchased in Texas last year, not counting those purchased illegally.

Imagine receiving a call in your patrol car that there was a problem in Deep Ellum that you needed to respond to. Chances are it will involve gunfire. Or that you might be ambushed when you arrive.

Put yourself in that cop’s shoes, then come back to the question of why fewer people want to be cops. Then vote for politicians who will champion safer gun laws.

Phil Ruffini, Rockwall

The solution for schools

As billions of dollars have been spent to strengthen schools and hire far more safe school law enforcement personnel and gun manufacturers reap record profits, our governor is trying to say nothing can be done to correct the problem.

In the meantime, the current safety measures to be taken in class are for the teacher to put on an orange vest so that he can be easily identified, because he must take his tear gas container out of the safe and get close enough to it. . to use it.

In the meantime, it is no longer a question of hiding, but of fighting back. Throw everything you can at the intruder. Stronger kids should try throwing a desk if possible. All this, while a group of trained officers with rifles, body armor and shields hesitated to approach a shooter with a semi-automatic rifle.

I can see the story now: Governor Greg Abbott commends the teacher and children who lost their lives in that horrific shooting for heroically fighting back. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Too bad we can’t do anything to prevent that. »

Sharon Lawler, Fairview

It’s safer” ?

Greg Abbott became governor in 2015. On January 1 of the following year, open carry became law.

On July 7, 2016, five Dallas cops were ambushed by a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

On November 5, 2017, 26 people were murdered at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas by a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

On May 18, 2018, 10 people were shot by a 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student.

On August 3, 2019, 23 people were shot dead in an El Paso Walmart by a 21-year-old man armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Less than a month later, a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle murdered seven people in Midland-Odessa.

On September 1, 2021, transport without a license became law. Earlier that year, a law declared Texas a Second Amendment sanctuary state.

On May 24, 2022, 21 people, including 19 children, were shot dead in Uvalde by an 18-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle.

So what did Abbott and his Republican lawmakers do to make Texas safer? Let them know what you think in November.

Paul J. Sokal, Dallas/Preston Hollow

How times have changed

In our Bible class for men, we discussed gun violence and the difference between past and present. Growing up in Dallas, the vans had gun racks with pistols and .22 shotguns, and sometimes fishing rods. Firearms were tools then. The handguns were six-shot revolvers.

Now there are no racks or fishing rods, only semi-automatic rifles and handguns with an ammo magazine. After watching years of video games, guns are now toys. Just keep pulling the trigger, no one will be hurt or killed, restart the game and everyone is alive and well.

Donald Wright, Richardson

Terminology course

The AR-15 is definitely not a machine gun. It’s a semi-automatic rifle that looks mean. Also, machine guns are not prohibited. There is a significant amount of paperwork required to get one. But it is most certainly legal and available.

Rich Rigby, Wylie

The founders wouldn’t approve

Do the “leaders” of this country not understand the heart of our right to bear arms? Do they not see the difference between firearms for protection or hunting, and weapons of mass destruction, such as AR-15s and other military-style weapons? Do they see only the votes and favors offered by the gun lobbies, while ignoring the hearts and souls of those who fell into the hands of people who legally obtained weapons of mass destruction?

Are they so removed from reality that they can no longer see and feel the pain of those parents and families of innocent people whose lives were taken?

There is something incredibly wrong about a politician prioritizing the right of a group to earn obscene amounts of money by producing and selling military-style weapons over the right of children. to feel safe in a classroom, shoppers to feel safe in a supermarket, spectators or worshipers to feel safe while expressing their faith.

I don’t believe the founding fathers of this country had that in mind when they drafted the second amendment, and I believe they would be ashamed if it were used as a means to allow these shootings to continue .

Gabrielle Richardson, Grand Prairie

“Protect” voters

It’s funny how Governor Greg Abbott recently signed a pact at a Republican Club event in Fairview to protect elderly residents the same day he let it be known that he would not raise the age to buy military style rifles at 21. It seems that if you’re 18 or older, coincidentally the age at which you’re allowed to vote, Abbott has your back. I would like to know why the governor has not signed a “pact” to protect the most vulnerable Texans, those 18 and under?

Shawn Kaplan, Plano

Cherry-picking the second

Once again Governor Greg Abbott has shown contempt for what the people of Texas want. He says we cannot prevent 18 to 20 year olds from buying a semi-automatic rifle because it would be unconstitutional. About 75% of all Texans disagree.

He is, however, in good company with the Fort Worth judge who ruled that since the Second Amendment provided no age restriction, the law could not discriminate against that age group. Using that logic, why not let kids of all ages buy guns?

And doesn’t that same amendment require the owner to be part of a “well-regulated militia”? Guess we can skip this section, huh?

Our Constitution was written over 40 years before bullets were invented. The weapon of choice was the single-shot muzzle-loading musket which, at best, could be fired once every 15 seconds. Does Abbott expect us to believe that our founding fathers wrote their statement to cover up today’s semi-automatic rifles that are ruthless killing machines?

It’s not democracy.

John R. Dorgan, Mound of Flowers

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