Letters: Heed the pleas of the MSD students

I agree with letter-writer James Pearson not to mention the name of the Parkland shooter in court. But his well-meaning suggestion about a plea deal won’t stop another school massacre or help people regain normalcy. (“A quick plea deal best for all involved,” Monday)

Instead, we must heed the clarion calls of activist parent Fred Guttenberg, of Parkland, whose beloved daughter, Jaime, was a student who was tragically killed, and we must listen to Marjory Stoneman Douglas student journalists like David Hogg, and his other articulate classmates demanding extensive background checks, outlawing weapons of war for civilians, pressuring politicians to break the hold of the NRA, and rejecting suggestions to arm teachers.

A quick trial won’t shorten healing. We must focus on preventing guns in schools to avoid yet another horrific mass murder.


FULL COVERAGE: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Why would anyone object to licensing?

I do not understand why anyone would object to the need for a license in order to own an assault weapon. The NRA states that such requirements would be unfair to responsible gun owners. Why would it be unfair?

I’d think that responsible citizens would welcome the requirement of a license. We’re talking about the preferred weapon for mass murder. I just can’t comprehend why any sane person would object to the need for a license in order to own a military-style weapon, designed for use in battle.

Good grief, whatever happened to common sense?


Raising gun age limit wouldn’t help

What is the point of raising the age limit for gun purchase when the majority of mass shootings are caused by people over 21?


President not in position to criticize

Re: President Donald Trump’s comment that the Parkland officer lacked courage:

All this before all the facts are in. Trump complains, “What happened to due process?”

The officer “lacked courage.” If Trump were there, he would have stood by because of his bone spur. How can he keep on tweeting about other people’s actions when his are so cowardly and dastardly?

The pot calling the kettle black.


Arming teachers is not the answer

My best friend’s husband is a gun instructor at a gun range and a former police SWAT team leader of a large city. When asked his opinion of arming teachers with guns, here’s what he said:

“In a highly charged, fluid shooting situation, if many people have guns, it’s impossible for police to tell the good guys from the bad. Decisions must be made in a split second.”

He predicts if this idea becomes policy, you will count teachers among the victims.

This is not the answer.


Calls for firing sheriff are politically motivated

I can’t help but be skeptical about the reasons some of our state legislators are quickly calling for the firing of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel before an investigation into the breakdown in preventing the horrible tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Could it be retaliatory for his exposing them on the national stage for not refusing to take up stricter gun control measures and his questioning their acceptance of NRA money? Let the investigation play out, then send the appropriate heads to the chopping block.

And perhaps that just may be in the voting booths in November.


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