Gun laws need to be changed
This is regarding the question of whether gun laws should be changed after the Aurora, Colo., massacre.
At the federal level, we need a ban, such as California's, on high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style semi-automatic assault weapons like those that made the attack in Aurora so deadly.
We need a federal law requiring background checks every time a gun is sold -- including at gun shows. Too many Americans die because our present policies keep it too easy for criminals and other dangerous prohibited persons to purchase firearms.
Unfortunately, too many politicians, especially Republicans, aid the gun trafficking.
We must pass federal laws that help shut down gun dealers who consistently violate gun laws and repeatedly "lose" dozens of guns out the back door.
Readers can help. Ask the presidential candidates to tell us what they plan to do to prevent gun violence and have your friends do the same. See this link: www.wearebetterthanthis.org.
NRA doesn't lobby for gun owners
This responds to Rick Willis' July 31 letter, "Gun laws need to be expanded."
As a firearms owner, I read in disbelief that Willis' response to the Colorado tragedy is to expand gun rights -- the
What would have happened in that darkened theater? How many people are trained to shoot under those circumstances, in the dark, with people panicking, a shooter wearing body armor, and gas burning their eyes? What could possibly go wrong in such a scenario?
And what would the police do, once they arrived, to find a crowd of people shooting at one another, not knowing who the original shooter was?
What this shows is how some people can become completely brainwashed by the NRA and lose any critical thinking skills they may have had. The NRA does not represent gun owners, it represents and lobbies for gun manufacturers.
For those who want a country without gun laws and no government, Somalia is the place for them. Such "right-thinking Americans" should seriously consider moving there. Please, before the November election.
Leone could have avoided criticism
Concord Mayor Ron Leone's letter of July 22 complaining about unfair treatment by the Times comes under the heading of "too little, too late." The Times reported the facts about the Mt. Diablo Health Care board and the absurdity of its continuing existence when it was obvious to any reasonable person that its need for existence had expired years ago.
Leone complained that he was "thrashed" by the Times over his lifetime health care benefits. He could have avoided any mention of him in relation to the health care district by simply exercising decisive principled leadership.
By speaking out early on and taking the lead in supporting the discontinuance of the district and addressing the lifetime medical benefits, the Times undoubtedly would have commended him for his foresight and conviction.
Grand juries, LAFCO and numerous articles and editorials called for its demise. Leone's silence on the matter during this entire time was deafening. Leadership means leading. Staying silent and coming out swinging after the fact is anything but leadership.
Colorado shooting was a wake-up call
The Times' editorial on July 21 about the Aurora, Colo. massacre was a much-needed wake-up call for our country to actually do something about the problems of gun control and mental health instead of treating mass killings as merely a tragic but inevitable semiannual "force of nature" as if the victims died of a tornado or hurricane. They died from a preventable act involving readily attainable weapons.
The perpetrator could legally obtain assault rifles and 100-round magazines and that doesn't raise a red flag?
What did they think he was going to use them for, table centerpieces? They are weapons designed solely to kill people. This was a very brave stance the paper took, since I'm sure you'll be bombarded with obligatory letters setting up the false premise that if moviegoers were armed they could have defeated the madman in body armor firing at them with assault weapons in a tear-gas filled theater filled with panicked and chaotic people. In the dark.