Letters to the Editor

Orlando massacre

Mourners gather outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where a vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting is planned, in Orlando, Fla., June 13, 2016. A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded 53 in the crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday.
Mourners gather outside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where a vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting is planned, in Orlando, Fla., June 13, 2016. A gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded 53 in the crowded gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. NYT

Orlando massacre

In the aftermath of the horrific murders in Orlando, the president spent a lot of time lecturing Americans on gun control and the term “radical Islamic terrorists.”

He said we should do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of those who want to kill us. I agree. But, based on his past actions, he needs to spend more time following his own advice and less time lecturing us.

Wasn’t he the one who pulled our troops out of Iraq and allowed ISIS to take over much of the territory? Wasn’t he the one who did nothing while ISIS was capturing our tanks, armored vehicles and other equipment?

Rather than keeping weapons out of the hands of those who want to kill us, he was allowing just the opposite.

Wayne Duke, Arlington

 

I finally saw some passion and anger from the president in a speech about the terrorism in Orlando. Unfortunately, it was directed at other Americans instead of the terrorists.

John Sutton, Fort Worth

The massacres will not stop until you vote out of office all the enablers who refuse to enact sensible gun-control laws, all the while stuffing their pockets with bribes from the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby.

All they care about are their bribes and positions of privilege.

Nothing will change until we rid ourselves of these bought-and-sold parasites.

Stephen L. Kelly, Arlington

 

I’m sickened by Republican politicians’ crocodile tears and their attempt to blame everyone but themselves for the high death toll in Orlando.

It wasn’t Muslims who blocked universal background checks before gun purchases after the Sandy Hook massacre. It wasn’t the LGBT community that let the ban on assault weapons expire.

It wasn’t the FBI that made it legal for people on the terrorist watch list to buy large quantities of guns and high-capacity magazines. It wasn’t President Obama who gave the gun industry an exemption from lawsuits. It wasn’t Islam that allowed criminals and the mentally ill to buy firearms at gun shows with no questions asked.

The Orlando massacre won’t be the last until the GOP starts working as hard to save the lives of their constituents from gun violence as they do to save their campaign contributions and their A rating from the NRA.

Sharon Austry, Fort Worth

 

Muslims in Tarrant County grieve with the rest of America and condemn this atrocious attack. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured.

We also join our fellow Americans in rejecting anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of brutal violence.

Terrorism is the antitheses of Islam. We are deeply disturbed and disgusted that someone who would call himself a Muslim would perpetrate such a horrible act of violence against his fellow Americans in the name of God.

In this month of Ramadan, when Muslims are encouraged to increase their worship and their charity, we join with our fellow Americans in prayers for those who have lost their lives and their families who have lost loved ones.

Aslam Khan, president, and Anis Memon, chairman, Islamic Association of

Tarrant County, Fort Worth

 

I thought after Sandy Hook in 2012, after 20 elementary school kids were killed, that Congress would pass laws, but no.

By 2015, after the Charleston church shooting, when nine were killed by a white supremacist, I had given up.

I knew by then that nothing would change. The NRA was in charge, and Congress would do nothing.

Ken Wheatcroft-Pardue, Fort Worth

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