LETTERS: Preventive help better than gun control

To the editor:

All Americans grieve the loss of life and injuries suffered at the hands of Elliot Rodger, the deranged perpetrator of the rampage in Santa Barbara, Calif. One can also see why a victim’s father, Richard Martinez, would seek some action to prevent this from ever happening again. (“Victim’s father to fight for gun control,” May 28 Review-Journal).

The solution is not gun control. Mr. Rodger also stabbed his roommates and used his expensive car to plow into pedestrians. By extension, Mr. Martinez should also be advocating control of knives and autos in this case, and perhaps baseball bats, hammers and other common items that could be used to cause bodily harm. The answer, I believe, is to better profile individuals who are susceptible to this behavior and get them medical help before they unleash their fury.



Guns mainly to blame

To the editor:

Regarding the Santa Barbara tragedy, people are still missing the point. It’s as if they’re looking right past the elephant in the room: It’s the guns, stupid!

Thirty thousand people are killed by guns each year, very few of whom are killed by the mentally ill. Look at it another way. All the people killed in mass murders and the 30,000 killed because of gun violence would not be dead if it weren’t for the main ingredient: guns.

I’ll bet the National Rifle Association is tickled pink that most people are talking about everything but guns, the cause of this carnage. When are the media going to show the bodies of those ripped apart by these high-caliber bullets? It is the only thing that will stop this mayhem and the NRA.



Shape up, downtown

To the editor:

After reading the article about the Fremont Street Experience (“Council tries taming Fremont,” May 26 Review-Journal), I thought, “No way, I love the Fremont Street Experience.”

But last week, I had a friend in town with his 9-year-old daughter, and we went to Fremont Street. He said to his daughter, “Don’t let go of my hand.” And I said, “I should be holding her other one.”

It is so bad that I, as a local, will not go back. The bums, derelicts, obscene street performers and people with signs for handouts made it an awful experience. I will not be back until they pass some laws to get rid of this nightmare. If they do not clean up the Fremont Street Experience, the article will be right: No one will stay there.



Casinos and unions

To the editor:

In following the recent articles on the possibility of a strike at downtown casinos, I was struck by the hypocrisy of the last sentence of Thursday’s editorial: “It’s in everyone’s best interest to make a deal.” I call it hypocritical simply due to the fact that it suggests casinos should give in to the bully tactics of the unions.

We decry the conduct of bullies in the schoolyard, yet we applaud their tactics in the workplace. You cannot have it both ways. Private businesses have every right to decide who to contract with, and if they decide to cave and deal with the unions, that’s their choice. But don’t say it’s in everyone’s best interest to make a deal.

The editorial pointed out that the unions made their beds when they orchestrated support for Obamacare without fully understanding the ramifications of the bill. Now they wail and moan about the unfairness of it and want special allowances to be made just for them. Bull hockey.

The unions are always selling themselves as the protector of the common working man. If that’s true, then let them stand with the rest of us to fix this travesty, instead of begging for special indulgences. It would certainly go further in endearing the nonunion public to their cause, rather than using a strike threat to intimidate businesses and the public. But bullies rarely negotiate.



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