Violent images don’t
harm other countries
There is no doubt that there are far too many violent images today. The violence portrayed in my youth were Popeye beating some bad guy, and Vietnam. Today, it is assault weapons murdering innocent people.
However, there remains one single fact that makes America stand out. Guns. The population in Great Britain, Australia, Germany, France, et al, see the same violent images we in the United States see. They play the same video games, see the same war news reports, have people with mental illness, and, sadly, see the reporting of the carnage we Americans experience almost daily now.
It is interesting that it was suggested that a return to the Bible will fix this problem. More lives have been lost in the name of religion through the centuries.
The problem is guns. Guns is the constant. No one needs an assault weapon, a bump stock, a grenade launcher, a tank, an arsenal — all of which are easily available. Sensible gun regulation is sorely needed … now.
JAN MCINTYRE, WEST PALM BEACH
Big guns useless
except for big egos
Sen. Marco Rubio’s defense for not banning assault weapons was that it was impossible to identify each and every brand of assault weapon.
Any semi-automatic rifle with a pistol grip and the ability to accept large-capacity magazines qualifies as an assault rifle and should be banned.
There is no legitimate reason for owning one except to bolster the ego of the owner.
MICHAEL LABORDE, BOCA RATON
I am so proud of the young people of West Boca High School for their eloquent walk to Parkland in support of gun control and Douglas High students advocating for stricter gun laws.
There is one immediate step which requires no political action and should be enacted in all schools. The entry should be limited, the premises closed to anyone without a legitimate reason for being there.
Zack Elliott, a junior at West Boca, is quoted in a Post article, saying “To get into a school should be like getting onto a plane.”
GLORIA GALYON, JUPITER
Smart gun solution:
Start taxing bullets
When the students went to Tallahassee last week, everyone was looking for ideas. My idea is to tax bullets.
How many bullets do you need to protect yourself? How many bullets do you need to hunt? We tax cigarettes and booze because it’s harmful to the citizens of Florida, yet we don’t tax bullets.
Florida lawmakers got many millions from the cigarette makers. So if we need funds to protect our children, then we need to ask our representatives to start taxing bullets. This could also help fund the countless people who arrive at emergency rooms with gunshot wounds that our hospitals have to absorb and pass on the costs to taxpayers.
Every idea will need a funding source. The Florida representatives could start by simply taxing bullets.
ROYCE EMLEY, TEQUESTA
Olympic ice skating
not what used to be
I have followed the Olympics for many years and have loved it, especially the ice skating. But now it seems the judges are more interested in how many quads a person can land or how many turns in the air with hand held over the head a skater can do.
What has happened to the grace and beauty of ice skating? Twenty years ago it was a beautiful thing to watch, but not now. Jason Brown is a joy to watch as he has grace and gentleness, but he did not make the USA team because he does not have a quad.
I would love to see them bring back the beautiful way of skating.
MARY BROWN, WEST PALM BEACH