Letters to the Editor

Gun Carnage

Flowers are left by the side of the road as a San Bernardino police officer blocks the road leading to the site of this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
Flowers are left by the side of the road as a San Bernardino police officer blocks the road leading to the site of this week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. AP

Gun carnage

Enough is enough already!

We, the people, do not want the prayers from politicians, or hypocritical heartfelt wishes for the victims of gun violence!

We, the people, want them to stop taking National Rifle Association blood money and enact some common-sense gun control legislation that will put an end to this madness.

The dead victims of gun violence are watching from heaven to see if these corporate drones will do the right thing.

Bill Davis,



California banned AR-15s in 1989 and strengthened the law in 2000, with all similar rifles required to be registered by Jan. 1, 2000.

Those and magazines of more than 10 shots may not be transferred, sold or inherited.

Those and magazines of more than 10 rounds must be surrendered upon the death of the owner.

The San Bernardino shooter would have been 13 at the time and could not have registered an AR-15 or rifle with similar capability, such as the AK-47, or any high-capacity magazines.

California permits sale of an AR-15 lookalike with a 10-shot fixed or nondetachable magazine.

It can be reloaded singly by taking the rifle apart or using a special tool.

At this point, we do not have all the facts.

But I think it’s important to be aware that “lack of gun control measures” does not appear to be a factor.

Griffin T. Murphey,

Fort Worth


The biggest question is what it’s going to take before Republican lawmakers finally stand up to the NRA and say:

“Sorry, but your A-rating and your blood money is no longer enough: 32,000 gun deaths a year is just 32,000 too many.”

Sharon Austry,

Fort Worth


A Southlake letter writer believes that people on the FBI terror watch list should be allowed to buy guns — presumably because these folks have not been tried and found guilty of a felony.

About 700,000 people are on this list. None is allowed to board a plane.

I thank the federal bureaucrats for keeping me from sitting next to a suspected terrorist when I fly.

About 2,300 on the list have already purchased weapons, of all varieties.

Just thinking about that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. this year than there are days in the year.

And we still have December to get through.

We turn to the FBI in the aftermath for answers each time.

The NRA simply gets out the popcorn, sits back and watches the carnage.

Priscilla Keifer,



After every tragic event from gun violence, Republicans are quick to offer their prayers for the victims, and that’s about it.

Well, maybe prayers alone aren’t enough to stop these massacres.

So how about closing the gun-law loopholes that allow the wrong people to buy automatic weapons?

And I wonder if they have ever asked God if they should do something beside pray to stop the carnage.

Herman I. Morris, Plano


The press and politicians continue trying to convince the public it’s in great danger from terrorists.

It’s true that terrorists are real and dangerous.

But looking at the situation in proportion, there are a great many more dangerous situations that we choose to overlook.

Intellectually, I know I’m in much more danger from stroke, cancer, dementia, drunk drivers and gun violence than I am from all the terrorists in the world.

Delmar H. Dolbier,

Fort Worth