Congress and guns
I watched with fascination as a group of Congress people, led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, sat on the floor of the House to protest our lack of a gun safety bill.
Why in this marvelous country of ours do people die violent deaths by unsecured firearms? No other country on Earth has a record like us.
Please don’t say that more guns is the answer.
I grew up in the Northwest. My parents had guns, which were kept in a locked cabinet. I was taught the proper way to handle guns and to respect their lethal power.
Finally, our government officials have taken an unorthodox but effective method to get attention for the movement to reduce the horrible carnage in this country.
The Star-Telegram put news of this historic event on Page 9.
I guess sports news is more important than saving lives of innocent citizens.
After all the unnecessary killing of innocent men, women and children, it looks as if again we’ll not get a remedy to this increasing slaughter.
I’m sickened when we send our elected representatives to Washington, give them good salaries with lifetime pensions and free medical services with the best of doctors … and they do not do their jobs!
They’re probably too busy planning their next election.
I’ll bet money that the gun lobby is involved in that, too.
Larry F. Kainer,
What’s wrong with our lawmakers?
Why do ordinary citizens need semiautomatic weapons?
Hunters should be allowed one or two rifles and Joe Citizen a six-shooter to protect his family if necessary.
Military and police should be the only ones allowed to carry semiautomatic weapons.
Semiautomatic firearms should not be sold to the general public.
Joe Martinez, Arlington
Pollsters rarely ask people why so many think the country is headed in the wrong direction, but Congress bears much of the blame.
Once again our senators voted no on background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally unstable, although 85-90 percent of the country wants such action.
Texans in the House won’t even vote on such issues, but have spent years doing nothing and impeding others who try. Yet they all expect to be re-elected.
Voters who don’t like our country’s direction can’t just follow the presidential race. Get educated about what your elected representatives actually have been doing (and not just from their news releases and TV ads).
If they have not made this a safer and better country through more than thoughts and prayers, exercise your freedom to elect new people.
We deserve much better.
Nancy Stevens, Fort Worth