Letters to the Editor

On the NRA convention, guns and the 2nd Amendment: Readers write

Rally4Reform protest to push for gun reform at City Hall in Dallas, TX, Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Student activists led the Rally4Reform at Dallas City Hall Plaza Saturday morning. The event was held in downtown Dallas — near the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where the National Rifle Association was holding its annual convention.
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Student activists led the Rally4Reform at Dallas City Hall Plaza Saturday morning. The event was held in downtown Dallas — near the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where the National Rifle Association was holding its annual convention.

Guns a defense against fascist rule

On a recent visit to Budapest, Hungary, my wife and I visited the Shoe Memorial on the banks of the Danube.

It is a tribute to those, mostly Jewish, who were slain by the Nazi forces in World War II.

The exhibit has bronzed shoes of all sizes, men, women, and small children at the edge of the river. Each morning, the Nazi forces would line up several victims, shoot them in the back and let their bodies fall into the river.

The citizens of Budapest had been stripped of their weapons and had no defense from this heinous crime.

Perhaps those voicing a desire to rid Americans of their firearms should take a lesson from history, especially the young people protesting the ownership of firearms.

Many of the Budapest victims were much younger than these school-age protesters. If history repeats itself as we are told it will, I'll venture to say that most Americans would rather have the power to defend themselves.

—Truitt Clinard,

Fort Worth

Criticism of NRA convention unfair

Cynthia M. Allen encourages President Trump to defy the NRA but overlooked several key facts: ("Trump's gun control opportunity in Dallas," Friday)

Firearms were prohibited only at the Leadership Forum where President Trump and Vice President Pence spoke. It was not the NRA's decision but Secret Service’s as their standard protocol.

The NRA has proposed several changes to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

The NRA gets blamed for actions that its members had nothing to do with. NRA members aren’t committing these heinous crimes, but they do step in, risking their own lives to save others. Ask the people who survived the shooting at the church in Texas because of the actions of an NRA member.

Allen blames the NRA rather than share these facts.

—John Griggs, Southlake

2 months after Douglas, and nothing's changed

It has been over two months since the Douglas High School school shooting and just as I thought, nothing has been done.

I knew Congress wouldn't get past the "thoughts and prayers" stage.

I hear some say that trucks and vans kill people too. Well, they have to be registered and the drivers licensed. What's the problem with registering guns and their owners?

I own a gun, and it wouldn't bother me.

Owners should be required to receive some meaningful training.

—William Oglesby,

Arlington

Trump, Pence safe, but what about us?

The NRA banning weapons for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's appearance is the height of hypocrisy.

Don’t Trump and Pence and NRA gun lovers want all the "good guys" in the building to be packing to protect them from the "mental patients" or "terrorists" who might start shooting?

Why’s the NRA denying the constitutional right to carry in the presence of Trump or Pence? So disappointing.

—C.L. Clark, Fort Worth

Not enough attention for NRA

The NRA brought 80,000 visitors to Dallas-Fort Worth and contributed millions of dollars to the local economy over an extended weekend.

Yet we saw a half-page picture of a handful of juvenile protestors?

—Bobby Rusk,

Weatherford

Criticism of Trump undermines America

The nonstop attacks by the mainstream media and the Democratic Party on President Trump are an attempt of subversion.

The political wars in our federal power structure have never before reached a level where a sitting President is continuously undermined. The Russia probe is contrived, or even worse, an effort to overthrow a President.

Subversion is defined as the act of overthrowing a legally constituted government.

The threat to our democracy is real.

—Paula Scoggin,

Benbrook

A different view of Trump

A reader wrote that we are still "trying to recover" from the last occupant of the White House. (For Cruz: He's not a liberal, Letters, May 6)

We are now living with adult film actress payoffs, 19 indictments (and counting) in the Russia collusion investigation, 37 appointees who've been fired or resigned (and counting), alienation of the US' staunchest allies with ill-advised tweets and speeches, and the President siding with racists and bigots ("good people on both sides").

Hopefully Nov. 6 will put an end to this.

—Clive Lane, Grapevine

Finally, an honest Trump attorney

Hurray for Trump for finally retaining an honest attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Finally, someone who tells the truth.

—L.D. Jackson, Arlington

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