Letters to the Editor

Open carry

Rob Paige with a model 1917 Army revolver joins about two-dozen activist Jan. 1 during an Open Carry Walk in front of the Cane’s restaurant on North Collins Street in Arlington.
Rob Paige with a model 1917 Army revolver joins about two-dozen activist Jan. 1 during an Open Carry Walk in front of the Cane’s restaurant on North Collins Street in Arlington. Special to the Star-Telegram

Open carry

I was disappointed to read in Wednesday’s Star-Telegram that the Stock Show is allowing firearms to be carried openly.

My family and I will not attend again unless this policy is changed.

This is supposed to be a family-friendly event, and gun-toting attendees are far removed from my idea of family-friendly.

Clive Lane, Grapevine

 

It would be helpful to know how homeowners and apartment dwellers can prevent people from entering their property with a gun.

The laws seem to explain signage for businesses or schools but are vague for residences.

Will a simple “No guns” sign at the door suffice? Does that include the front yard, driveway and sidewalk?

If I have a party at my home and serve alcohol, what is my liability if a guest has a handgun and no signage is posted?

If you are going to a private residence where alcohol is served, can you carry a handgun?

Dennis Meals, Fort Worth

 

I believe in the right to bear arms, but I’ve come to believe it’s not unlimited.

James Madison’s original draft read, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed, and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country; but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms, shall be compelled to render military service in person.”

Author Joseph Ellis wrote that Madison’s motive was clear beyond any reasonable doubt: The right to bear arms “derived from the need to make state militias the core pillar of national defense.”

Jack P. Jones, Fort Worth

 

In a Wednesday letter, Sharon Austry made some alarming suggestions: wire-tapping gun dealers and tracking innocent American gun buyers — all the while being terrified of the horrible National Rifle Association gun lobby.

I wonder if she knows who the gun lobby is? It’s me! And millions of other Americans who can’t go en masse to D.C. to tell Congress what we want. So we hire a spokesman.

Congress listens to us because they’re being told how the majority of Americans feel in spite of the false propaganda being put out to the public.

Steve R. Williams,

Arlington

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