Your View: Remember their votes on background check bill

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 08:52 PM

Yet again, a writer has used the Second Amendment reference to a “well-regulated militia” to argue for guns everywhere, unfettered, unregulated, unaccounted for.
By definition, a well-regulated militia requires organization, regulations, controls, and a chain-of-command. It doesn’t allow a drunk to take a gun into a bar, or a crazed psychopath to acquire military assault weapons to slaughter people in schools, theaters, or a political rally.
Some say a gun will protect their home. Do they really believe an intruder will give them a time-out to run to the closet and get their own gun? For every case where a gun successfully defended a home, there are 1,000 cases where a gun in the home killed a family member, including many innocent children.
Did you know they are manufacturing real guns with cute-sounding names for children?
Recently, a 5-year-old boy killed his 2-year-old sister with a gun his parents bought for him!
Wayne LaPierre constantly rants that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” BALONEY!
There’s a dramatic picture of President Reagan a nano-second after he was shot, still on his feet. Six arrows point to people around him. Each arrow says “gun.” Reagan was surrounded by the most highly trained and armed security detail on the planet. It didn’t keep him from being shot!
The real way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to keep him from getting the gun.
Eighty-seven percent of us wanted Congress to pass that law requiring background checks for gun purchases. Sen. Kay Hagan voted for background checks. Sen. Richard Burr voted against it.
Please remember that.
CARL ROUTH
High Point

Community food donations smash record
Please allow me to express my sincere gratitude to the greater High Point community for donating a record 77,755 pounds of food (55 percent more than last year) for the Postal Food Drive on May 11.  Without you, hundreds of families would not have food on their tables this summer — a time when children are most vulnerable to go hungry and local food pantries run bare.
With our area being in the top five communities in the country for food insecurity, the United Way of Greater High Point will not stop working to fight hunger.  Since United Way’s partnership with the Postal Food Drive in 2003, our community has raised over 376,000 pounds of food.  This is no small achievement and we are humbled to be a part of it.
This year’s success would not have happened without High Point Postmaster Dee Strickland and Postal Service employee Caroline Jones (coordinator). We appreciate the many hours the postal workers spent picking up all the food and the volunteers who received and organized it.
On behalf of the 12 agencies who received the food and the clients they serve, again, we say thank you.
BOBBY SMITH
High Point
The writer is president of United Way of Greater High Point.

 

YOUR VIEW POLLS

Preliminary and final reports are now being prepared by urban planner Andres Duany. What do you think of some of his suggestions  — downtown loft apartments; landscaped and narrower section of N. Main Street; pop-up retail businesses in sea-cans in parking lots; business incubator at Oak Hollow Mall; and others? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or visit — http://www.hpe.com/opinion/x1592159257/Your-View-Poll-Duany-revitalization-suggestions — and post a comment online.  Here is one response:
• Try being open-minded and supportive. Yes to Duany’s suggestions. All else we have done has not improved much about High Point — not all elders mindlessly resist change.