Second Amendment often misunderstood

A recent letter in this paper by Dana Hooser states, "The reasoning behind the Second Amendment was to allow citizens to protect themselves from the military and police."

That makes no sense. Armed citizens against the U.S. military and police departments? I don't think so.

The true purpose of the Second Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, signed in 1787, was to give the rights to citizens to bear arms in common defense. To me, "common defense" relates to citizens of the U.S. government defending themselves against a foreign invasion. Wouldn't that be the job of our military? Certainly not private citizens stockpiling weapons just in case our military doesn't appear.

The Second Amendment should be understood and used correctly when defending possession and use of firearms.

Geraldine Judt

El Cerrito

GOP double standard on identity checks

Why is it that Republicans want to require voters to show an ID every time they vote, but not require an ID whenever there is a purchase of a weapon, especially an assault weapon, especially at gun shows?

The irony boggles my mind!

Doug Sibley

Martinez

Common sense can help reduce gun risks


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More guns equal more gun-related deaths. Since Australia enacted strict gun control legislation in 1997, it has had no mass shootings.

Let your voice be heard, lest gun manufacturers decide the current gun control issue. Via their NRA mouthpiece, those manufacturers are fueling paranoia. Some delusional folks apparently want rapid-fire weapons to fight off the big bad government when it comes calling.

So, all of us will have to pay for their paranoia by living in a much more dangerous society. Are we willing to let some delusional individuals dictate to us?

The Second Amendment didn't specify the type of weapon we could "bear," and so we should be able to address this issue without trampling on our rights. Is just allowing single-shot rifles and nothing else so bad, considering the alternatives?

Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually on funerals and gun injuries, how about spending some money on offering mental health services for these delusional folks? While we cannot eliminate all gun risks, we can certainly reduce the risks using common sense and learning from others.

Richard Bennett

Walnut Creek

Dismissal process for teachers is too slow

No one is more concerned than teachers about protecting students, which we dedicate our working lives to, from abuse or educator misconduct.

As an East Bay teacher for 27 years and a proud member of my union, the California Teachers Association, I was dismayed to see your recent divisive editorial claiming educators and unions somehow oppose all changes in the state's dismissal process.

It takes too long to deal with allegations against teachers now, and school districts are still failing to act under current law to remove from the classroom a teacher accused of serious crimes. Last year, CTA's proposed amendments to a bill would have streamlined and expedited the dismissal process, but they were rejected by the bill's author.

The same bill is back now as SB10. CTA opposes it because it does not help protect students, speed up the dismissal process, or penalize districts failing to take action, among other concerns.

Teachers continue to work in the Legislature to make changes to SB10 that are good for our students and fair to educators.

Terri Jackson

Vacaville Jackson is a member of CTA's board of directors.

There's no need for immigration reform

Immigration reform is a lie. It rewards the transgressors and punishes those who follow the rule of the law.

It rewards the 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants with jobs that could be done by American-born or legal immigrants.

Yes, jobs like construction, landscaping, janitorial and food service worker are all jobs that unemployed Americans would take, but rather than enforcing current immigration laws and encouraging them to return home, President Barack Obama and some in Congress have promised to push legislation that would provide work authorization and legal status to illegal immigrants.

It is a disgrace to even give immigration reform a thought when you have the unemployment rate for young veterans ages 18 to 24 at 30 percent. For black veterans ages 18 to 24, the unemployment rate is a shameful 48 percent.

Bill Abundis

Antioch