Gun laws need not be changed
In my opinion, the Aurora, Colo., shooting should not cause gun laws to be changed.
I don't think that felons or mentally challenged people should be allowed to buy or have firearms, but I believe that most, if not all, states prohibit that already.
Apparently, progressive persons think that life could be made perfectly safe if only there were sufficient laws and regulations. This is not true. In fact, in this case, there is evidence that taking guns from law-abiding people increases gun-related violence. You certainly can't expect lawbreakers to obey gun-control laws.
I read recently that some guy drove up on the sidewalk intentionally and killed people. He didn't use a gun.
Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995 with an ammonium nitrate bomb. He didn't use a gun.
The problem is that people just aren't perfect, and they can't be made perfect by changing laws. You get unintended consequences when you try.
Ross M. Laverty
Perils of shooting in a dark theater
To those who have written letters to the editor stating the Aurora shooting would have ended differently had everyone been armed, may I offer a few thoughts.
Unless you are a marksman, the likelihood of getting your weapon out, aiming and firing successfully in a
As soon as you fire, successfully or not, the muzzle flash identifies you as a shooter. The other would-be heroes have no clue you are the presumed good guy, making you the target of subsequent shooters. Oops.
Finally, should you fail to be the Wyatt Earp you envision and hit someone else, you become liable for charges of assault, or even manslaughter. So, if you are not dead, perhaps jail awaits.
Does it still sound appealing to have multiple random individuals shooting blindly in a darkened room? If this kind of unrestrained firefight continues to appeal, may I suggest a vacation in Syria?
Compares costs of upgrading rail
On July 15 my letter to the editor "Amtrak fixes make much more sense" was published in response to the Saturday Forum question regarding California high-speed rail.
The crux of my letter was that it would be more fiscally sound if California would upgrade the existing Amtrak rail that runs south to Los Angeles via the San Joaquin route to accommodate a high-speed train as opposed to building new.
Ten days after my letter appeared in the Times an article was published in The Wall Street Journal chronicling the work by the states of Illinois and Michigan in upgrading their Amtrak rail to accommodate high-speed train service.
Their rail upgrade is focused on two central routes -- Chicago to St. Louis and Chicago to Detroit. The distance between these cities is about 100 miles less that San Francisco to Los Angeles. The estimated cost that both states expect to spend which includes station upgrades, new rail cars and locomotives: $2.1 billion. Compare that with California's projected cost.
Rudolph David Silva
Selfishness and greed abound
Is it any wonder why students are dropping out of school?
By our unwillingness to pay taxes to support schools, we are telling our children we don't value education. So why should they?
We don't value or compensate those who teach our children as highly as we do those who entertain us.
The tea party's stance on taxation is destroying our nation by undermining our educational system, thereby making our youths unable to compete in the global economy.
More and more tea party candidates are being elected to office nationwide. This phenomenon reflects the selfishness and greed of our electorate today.
How did we get this way?
Marion A. McIntire
Time to take away the NRA's control
How many more wake-up calls do we need? Again we find ourselves mourning and trying to understand the tragedy of Aurora, Colo. Perhaps it's time for all of us to accept our responsibility and admit that we also play a part in allowing this to happen.
Are we so naive to think that sensible gun laws are all that's needed to stop the killings? Of course not, but it is a step in the right direction. No one should be allowed to accumulate enough ammunition for a small army.
Weapons of war should not be on our streets. An AR-15 assault rifle is used for one purpose only, to kill many people at one time. These should not be available to civilians. Who can disagree with this?
It is time to take away the control the NRA has over those in political leadership of our country, and demand to reinstate the assault weapons ban that was passed in 1994 and was allowed to expire in 2004 as a result of the fierce lobbying of the NRA.