Letters to the Editor


Remember the

2nd Amendment

Considering the past record of the Brady Campaign, being targeted by them is probably the best thing that could have happened to Rep. Coble’s re-election chances [‘“Gun control group takes aim at Coble’”; by Jordan Green; July 5, 2006]. I’m sure he appreciates the help. I know I do. Their efforts make voting decisions much easier: Anyone that the Brady campaign targets for defeat automatically gets my vote.

Curtis Stone

Eastern Virginia

Must be quite a load, carrying the water for Gun Control, Inc. (it would seem the public doesn’t support gun control, so they had to change the name to ‘“the Brady Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence’”).’ For you to seek out comments on firearm issues from representatives of Gun Control, Inc. is comparable to asking the Grand Wizard of the KKK to comment on affirmative action or civil rights. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 

10′  Criminals by definition do not, will not, and cannot be made to obey any law; however much you might like to plunk your magic twanger and wish otherwise.’  A cynic might note that the existence of hundreds of laws purporting to stop the War on Drugs have had no effect on one’s ability to purchase one’s drug of choice on any street corner in America.

2)’  The US Supreme Court has consistently ruled the police (and, by extension, the authorities in general) are not responsible for the safety of the individual citizen. So, when a couple of drug-crazed, heavily armed, 19-year-old societal predators kick in your front door at 3 a.m., who ya gonna call ‘— Ghostbusters?

3)’  You rant about the evils of ‘“gun violence’” as if it could not have a positive quality.’ But not all ‘“gun violence’” is the same:’ if I am forced to defend my granddaughter’s life by putting two .45 cal. slugs centermass in that same 19 year old societal predator’s chest (see # 2), would you deny that ‘“gun violence’” is responsible for saving a life?

4)’  A little research on your part would reveal that more than 90 percent of the ‘“violations’” committed by these supposed ‘“rogue gun dealers’” are paperwork errors.’  When assessing the applicability and constitutionality of ‘“gun laws’”, it would seem reasonable to research America’s original gun law (i.e. the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution).’ ‘  ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 

Since the definition of ‘“infringed’” is the same today as it was in the 18th century when the Bill of Rights was ratified, exactly what part of ‘“shall not be infringed’” do you fail to grasp?’  You remember the Bill of Rights, don’t you?’  It’s that little addition to the ‘“Supreme Law of the Land’” which puts ‘“the right of the people to keep and bear arms’” on an equal footing with ‘“freedom of the press’”.

It gives me great comfort knowing that nearly 100 million of my fellow American gunowners (with more than 300 million privately-owned firearms in their personal arsenals) didn’t have to shoot a societal predator today.


Lee McGee

Jeanerette, La.

Monitor the jails

Good job on the Davidson County Jail story. It bothers me that a correctional officer can beat a man to death and receive less than two years in prison.

The General Assembly [or Governor] should create an ombudsman program that would allow unpaid volunteers or paid government employees to make unannounced visits to prisons, jails, mental hospitals, detention centers, etc. to see if inmates or patients are being abused, raped, tortured, experimented on, etc.

Chuck Mann


Talkin trash

Brian ‘– I read your story on the waste rodeo and it was like I was there.’ Great job covering a terrific event.’ Thank you for sharing your words.

Will Flower

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The writer is vice president of communications for Republic Services.