Letters to the Editor

Rights erosion; charter election; gun control

Rights erosion

Bill Youngblood asked in a Friday letter: “Where is the erosion” of our rights?

Then he cherry-picked while skipping the core issues.

For example, instead of a constitutional process to identify just those “not in good standing” and preventing just them from possessing “arms,” the laws continually infringe and intrude on the freedom of millions of innocent citizens by requiring them to jump through the hoops of wasted paperwork, fees and licenses, in a patchwork and ineffective process, to, in effect, prove they are, in those few minutes at least, citizens in good standing and can possess arms.

Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?

Isn’t the government overstepping its authority by assuming that all citizens must first prove they are innocent before they can possess a gun, even though the Second Amendment has precluded government from any such infringement?

Targeting the innocent has had little if any effect on criminal use of guns or the terrorist killings of citizens.

Richard M. Holbrook, Weatherford

Charter election

Here are two key points about the Fort Worth City Council charter election proposed for May 7:

▪ For better geographic representation, the number of City Council districts should be increased, preferably to 12, but 10 is much better than the gerrymandered mess we currently have.

If approved by the voters, it should be done in time for the 2017 council election, not in 2023.

This decision on when the change should be implemented should be up to the voters.

▪ Because drawing council districts has always been about “incumbent protection” and maintaining the same political power control, the task of drawing districts should be in the hands of an independent citizens group.

Put this on the ballot, too, and let the voters decide.

Please join us in urging the City Council to make these important changes.

It will result in a more democratic, representative city government in the best public interest.

Fernando Florez,

Fort Worth

Gun control

If the Republicans were serious about ending terrorist attacks and weren’t so terrified of the gun lobby, they would register and require a background check on every gun purchase; wiretap all gun dealers suspected of selling guns illegally; ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; track anyone stockpiling large quantities of firearms and ammunition; and deport and charge as accessories any individual or organization that knowingly sells firearms to suspected terrorists planning attacks against the U.S.

Sharon Austry,

Fort Worth