LETTERS: Elected officials must stand against guns


To the editor:

Las Vegas is mourning the senseless murder of two police officers. We mourn the loss of a young man who tried to do the right thing with his concealed weapon and got shot in the back for his trouble. We even mourn the loss of the young couple who sacrificed their lives to advance a screwball “revolution” that had something to do with Bunkerville and Cliven Bundy and anti-government guys in camouflage pointing loaded high-power weapons at federal and local law enforcement officers.

We mourn together. We hold hands and hug and weep. And our elected officials are right there at the head of the line, wringing their hands and telling us that they don’t know how or why such tragedies happen. Let’s all pray and grieve and sing “Kumbaya,” then call it a day and go back to business as usual.

The people with the power to change the sickening reality of gun violence, our elected representatives, are not going to do a thing about it. Not a damn thing. Not even a baby step toward addressing the contagion that has swept across our land. They don’t have the nerve to speak the obvious: that there are too many guns — guns that have no legitimate place in our modern society.

To our elected representatives, how many young lives are to be sacrificed at the altar of the gun? How many schoolchildren? How many babies in their cribs? How many party-goers who knock at the wrong door? How many lunching police officers?

How long must we listen, without retching, to many well-meaning but clueless folks, irrationally raving about a well-regulated militia requiring semiautomatic weapons with 100-round magazines available to anybody and everybody, at all times and in all places?

And Mr. and Mrs. Citizen, what are you doing about it?

JAMES A. GEFFERT

LAS VEGAS

Horsford’s border trip

To the editor:

It’s nice to see our elected representatives have the time to travel to Texas and break away from their busy schedules of finger-pointing and name-calling in Washington, D.C. (“Horsford, legislators visit border today,” June 28 Review-Journal). Maybe they should have taken some of the busy Republicans as well, but that might bias their visit and erode the carefully planned talking points that Sen. Harry Reid’s lapdogs will get to make on this terrible immigration problem.

What is happening on our border is no doubt a crisis, as more and more people show up with hands out and mouths open, looking for a better life. But it would make more sense if Rep. Steven Horsford visited North Las Vegas and parts of western Las Vegas to see the tragedy, strife and issues in his own backyard. We have high unemployment, families in disarray and an education system that is below par and failing our inner cities.

Issues in Latin America are a tragedy, but they are not ours; we need to fix our issues first, then concentrate on the world’s problems. We always have money to send abroad unchecked and unaccounted for, but spending any here is always a fight between parties and ideology. Shore up the border, turn people away and stop the influx of illegal immigration, and maybe then, Americans would be more amenable to helping and working with those who are here.

The billions of dollars we spend to aid people in other countries would be more controllable and better spent here. If Rep. Horsford really wants to make a difference, he should start in his own backyard. Stop taking talking points from your mentor, Sen. Reid, and be your own person. You will get a lot more respect from local supporters than from the part-time fans in Washington.

GARY S. ROSENFELD

HENDERSON

Unions aid hotel workers

To the editor:

Regarding Bradley Kuhn’s letter (“Culinary deals,” June 17 Review-Journal), he should get the other half of the story. There is a difference between union and nonunion workers when it comes to how they are treated. The only fact that is constant is that without outside influence, workers are at the mercy of their particular hotel-casino, and as the years go by, the human factor means less and less to ownership.

I suggest Mr. Kuhn ask some nonunion workers when they last had a pay raise or how many benefits they have recently lost.

GALEN L. RICHTER

LAS VEGAS

 

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