NRA's 'insurrection' lies are traitorous

Rebellious NRA apologists falsely claim President Barack Obama is destroying the Second Amendment and lie when they declare the amendment isn't about "hunting" but about the capability for "overthrowing" what they'd call "a tyrannical government."

Their dogmatically defiant viewpoint is unfounded constitutionally and a traitorously insurrectionist fabrication. Obama seeks a "well-regulated" militia, not the NRA's "unregulated" one.

There are Supreme Court mandated limits to our rights. You cannot falsely cry "fire!" And civilians might skillfully "bear arms" like RPGs or stinger missiles, but have no right to do so. That's why Obama's agenda is about drawing the line "necessary to the security of a free state." Keep your shotgun; ditch the high-capacity magazines and M-16s.

The Second Amendment protected able-bodied hunters, as they were the militiamen. It was originally written to appease the Southern colonies by maintaining their militia's "rights" to repress slaves, inducing them to ratify the Constitution.

The Founding Fathers made it quite clear: The ballot box is the only tool for legally changing our government -- not a treasonous coup d'état at the tip of a gun.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

Blame drivers, not cars, for fatal accidents

Cars don't kill people, drivers do.

Don't blame these inanimate objects for the 33,000 deaths a year in the United States. It is drivers who are at fault. No need to rein in our freedoms by government-imposed safety measures, such as speed limits, or seat belts and air bags that add to the cost of owning a car.

If I want a child to roam in the car freely while I'm driving, who is the government to say no? I'm a law-abiding citizen and a safe driver.

Cars should be able to be sold freely at car shows with no registration requirements for owners. Auto dealerships should be free to sell them to obviously impaired individuals and any government required information on buyers should be deleted within 24 hours, lest the government know who owns these devices.

I should be able to own and drive a 750 horsepower, 200 mph NASCAR automobile -- after all, to protect my family, only a good guy with a race car can outrun a bad guy. It is the chase scenes in movies, video games, car repair shows on television, and the professional race circuits that fuel the culture of dangerous drivers, not automobile manufacturers and safe drivers.

Jeff Patry

Danville

Seek compromises on Safeway proposal

Last year, many Woodlands residences objected to Safeway's proposed plans for a superstore at Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads.

Clearly, the majority of folks at multiple meetings held by Safeway and the city of Walnut Creek were against the deleterious outcomes of this development. A major concern is traffic congestion, which will lead to an inferior quality of life for our community.

Already, this juncture rates an "F" by the city. As projected by Safeway's team, the superstore would add 10,000 more car trips daily.

Please, residents, let's help create a win-win outcome for this impending project. Safeway and the city won't halt the development, as the financial benefits are great. But the harmful effects of traffic congestion will eventually outweigh benefits.

Improve public transit, bike trails, get kids out of cars onto safe paths to school, get a direct bus line downtown. There are solutions to this problem.

We have a responsibility to seek what's best for everyone in the community. It's shameful to seek financial gain for only a few -- who would never request such development in their neighborhood.

Let's look for solutions that would be satisfactory to local residents and Safeway.

Michele Browne

Walnut Creek

Sowell and Will make a lot of sense

I have been a registered Democrat since 1955.

I am surprised the liberal scholars who write for the Times cannot find a way to blame the Republicans for the fast and furious and Benghazi scandals, since they seem to blame the Republicans for everything else.

I've been retired from the solid waste business since 1988 and am surprised at the pile of solid waste you get from the liberal columnists in your paper: two from New York, one from Florida. We had better writers in our high school paper.

Thank God for writers like Thomas Sowell and George Will. They seem to be the only writers with any common sense.

I recently read a great column in the Times by Ruben Navarrette. He often hits the nail right on the head.

Vince Sargentini

Hercules