Protecting children the most crucial issue
If our representatives at every level of government cannot protect all our children in their schools, they have failed our country. As I consider my vote for primary and general election candidates, this crucial issue will be foremost in my mind. We need serious gun measures like background checks, permits, waiting periods, bans on assault weapons and confiscation of weapons from mentally and legally incompetent persons. If we cannot protect our children, we do not deserve the democracy earned by our forefathers.
Cynthia Cromwell, Naples
Legislators behave like juvenile delinquents
I am feeling a sense of deep desperation. The murders committed by gun users keep growing. Haven't any of our legislators, state or national, read the portion of the Second Amendment that refers to the ownership of guns to be related to a well regulated militia? Are our state and national legislators unable to read? Personally, I question the intelligence as well as the morality of the congressmen who can allow Mitch McConnell to refuse to present bills to the Senate for debate. The majority of the American people have indicated they wish to have this done.
Whom have we elected to our state and national legislatures? Apparently they behave like juvenile delinquents as a group. Although I must say the ones I worked with in my past behaved more responsibility -- at least when they were monitored! Do we have to march?!!!
Audrey Olson, Fort Myers
Make gun buyers run the gauntlet
The following was sent to me and it does give one food for thought, "How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion -- mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he's about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, and an ultrasound, just because. Let's close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.
It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care, right? I mean no woman getting an abortion has killed a room full of people in seconds, right?"
Sandra Kampner, Fort Myers
Find funds to protect our children
Did our politicians agree to send $40 billion overseas to protect people in a foreign country? Do our politicians have American soldiers stationed all over the world to protect our interests and other people? Has every politician stood in front of a camera the last few days, and with tear-filled eyes offered their condolences to the families of those very young children who were massacred.
It’s time the politicians protect our children.
If you can use funds to protect foreign countries, then find funds to protect our children,
If we can station our armed forces around the world, then station them at our school doors. We have police, U.S. military men and women, and the National Guard, not to mention the number of those retired who would gladly protect our kids.
Our president addresses us with such great remorse. He signs executive orders rather frequently.
Then sign one today to put two armed people at every school door in the United States of America.
And lastly, I would suggest that if our politicians refuse to protect our children, then it’s time for the parents to organize and schedule this protection for their children.
Enough is enough. Evidently it’s time for parents to take care of protecting their children since the politicians will not.
Stanley Ksiazek, Naples
Americans favor background checks
According to a recent poll, 89 percent of Americans favor background checks prior to purchasing a firearm, yet our representatives (?) in Congress fail to take any action which could prevent innocent children from being slaughtered in our classrooms.
David Finch, Naples
They can't agree to protect constituents
It is interesting to see how quickly Congress came together and acted after they felt personally threatened on Jan. 6. Barbed wire fences. Additional security. Armed body guards. But, in spite of the number of mass shootings and murders, congressional leaders -- Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell and McCarthy -- cannot come to an agreement as to how to protect their constituents; the very people that voted for them. It would appear that they are only willing to work together and compromise when the pain and suffering is in their own backyard. Enough of their empty rhetoric about saying prayers and feeling the pain and suffering of the parents.
Ron Ustruck, Fort Myers
You could be next
We lead the world in gun violence. The numbers are clear.
More gun availability equals more gun violence.
Get ready America. Your school, mall, church, or grocery store could be next.
William Guyer, Fort Myers
Metal detectors, locked doors
Sad instead of happy is our country. Parents are in agony as their beautiful little children and teachers are killed by someone's child who evidently was angry within himself to be a murderer. Harsh words, yes!
I am in assisted living, 95 years old. I talked to our caregiver today who feels like so many of us. His ideas were to put metal detectors in all doorways. Doors can be locked also when classes begin. Sure, gun control is desperately needed but that's always been a problem. We have the funds especially when so much is sent overseas. Our children need help as well as the confidence of sending them to school for the parents.
Marie Dekkers, Naples
Senator Rubio, stand up to the NRA
Dear Senator Rubio: Three simple questions for you to answer to the citizens of Florida, your wife and children.
1. What are you doing to protect children in schools, mothers shopping or fathers praying in houses of worship against mass killings?
2. Why did you accept blood money ($3,303,355) from the NRA?
3. Why are you willing to protect embryos but not children in school?
500 school shootings since 2008, a record that no other country has experienced or wants. More guns in America than people, this equation does not seem correct, but it is.
The destruction of morality within our country is being accelerated by internal polarization and extremism of our citizens and our elected officials. Doing nothing by politicians and being fearful of the NRA and by taking donations from the NRA is not protecting human life.
Social media is playing a role in allowing the killers to advertise their intentions in advance; a balance for free speech versus promoting hate and violence is desperately needed. Improvements in providing mental health and identifying those persons inflicted are needed. But none of these points should prevent the federal government from adopting the following:
1. Federal registry for gun licensing.
2. Banning of AR 15 (military weapons) to non-police and nonmilitary persons.
3. Banning sale of high-capacity ammunition.
The world is wondering who we are. Can’t we for once put people ahead of politics? Come together and put differences aside and take necessary action to prevent or reduce these types of mass killings.
Prayers and condolences will not prevent reoccurrence.
Stand up to the NRA, be strong.
Morris Herstein, Naples
U.S. has military, National Guard, police
A well (being in good standing) regulated (under the control of authority) Militia, being necessary (absolutely needed) to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
The United States of America has a huge military (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy). Each of the 50 states have National Guard troops. The local municipalities have their own police forces.
All of these are “well regulated.”
The people are not to be or need to be a "militia" or "armed" with military style weapons!
Robert Green, Fort Myers
Second Amendment is clear
Consider if you can the meaning of the Second Amendment and consider the interpretation of it by the SCOTUS. Is there in existence a "well-regulated militia" anywhere in this nation? Is the "security of the State" not provided for by the armed forces of the United States? Is there any way of interpreting the Second Amendment to include hunting, target practice, personal protections, or any other reason other than the stated reason?
G. Fasulo, Punta Gorda
Right to use weapons not unlimited
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives the right to keep and bear arms to a well-regulated militia, for the security of a free state.
In 2008, the Supreme Court (DC v Heller and McDonald v City of Chicago) clarified that individuals can keep handguns in their homes for self-defense.
In 2010, the Supreme Court (McDonald v City of Chicago) ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is not a right to keep and carry a weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever for whatever purpose.
The Second Amendment does not give any individuals the right to buy lethal weapons to kill family members, school children or people going about their peaceful business.
I call upon our elected officials to act now to stop these mass killings. In 146 days of 2022, there have already been over 200 mass shootings, 27 at schools. The World Population Review reports, between 2009 and 2018 the USA experienced the most school shootings (USA with 288), which is 36 times more than the next country (Mexico with eight)!
It is unacceptable that American children and adults are gunned down in mass murders with military style assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Common sense gun safety laws are needed NOW!
Could our legislators agree on a set of terms to codify what is intended by the Second Amendment?
1. The purpose of gun ownership is for self-defense from threats to themselves, their family, their property and their community.
2. Guns may be used for lawful purposes, including licensed hunting of animals in season.
3. Well-regulated implies registration and training in the use of firearms.
4. Military-style assault weapons are not meant for self-defense nor lawful purposes.
It is well past time to have this debate and rethink who we allow to keep and bear which firearms for what purposes.
Linda Lindquist, North Fort Myers
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Letters to the editor for Saturday, May 28, 2022