Letters: Rip off the 'Band-Aid' on all mass shootings. Throw out do-nothing legislators.

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'No one's coming for your guns'

Why are the only gun control measures promoted by our governor addressing schools (May 28, "Gov. DeWine aims to increase school safety after Texas shooting")?

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Yes, the killing of children in school is unbearable, but the solutions being offered only address school shootings. What about movie theater shootings, grocery store shootings, church shootings, festival shootings, to name a few?

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I realize MIke DeWine is hampered by our pro-gun state legislature, but only addressing school shootings is a Band-Aid at best. Background checks, age limits for purchase, red flag laws, no longer selling military-style weapons and limiting bullet capacities will not infringe on the ability to own guns for self-protection or enjoy them for sport.

No one is coming for your guns, but common sense laws about new purchases are the solution being proposed. This is not a "slippery slope," as the NRA would have you believe. This would be a first step in ending the uniquely American phenomenon of annual multiple mass shootings.

Let's do something.

Holly Richard, Columbus

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, prepares to pass through a metal detector as he enters the House chamber, part of new security measures put into place after a mob loyal to Donald Trump stormed the Capitol this month. Jordan says the detectors violate the Second Amendment.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, prepares to pass through a metal detector as he enters the House chamber, part of new security measures put into place after a mob loyal to Donald Trump stormed the Capitol this month. Jordan says the detectors violate the Second Amendment.

Let politicians feel our fear

Significant gun control legislation would be enacted quickly if metal detectors and security personnel were removed from the places our politicians work. Then they might understand how some of their constituents feel when they go to a grocery store or send their children to school.

Gary Poehlein, Dublin

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Vote out 'evil' lawmakers

As I read the news regarding the latest horrible, evil mass shooting in Texas, I experienced a feeling of hopelessness and profound sadness. Then I realized that our only hope was to stop re-electing the same evil people who do nothing to enact laws that might mitigate the situation.

On March 14, 2022, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill removing the training requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio.
On March 14, 2022, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill removing the training requirements for carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio.

Instead, they pass laws in the legislature that make things worse and the governor signs them! Vote and throw them out; both statewide and nationally.

Marilyn Fishman, Columbus

Thank you to good Samaritan

The evening of of May 29, my wife and I were stranded with a flat tire on I-70, eight miles west of Columbus.

We were victims of an object on the highway I could not avoid. Two senior citizens. We phoned our roadside assitance provided for service.

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Two members of the fire and rescue company in Shohola, Pennsylvania, change a flat tire for an elderly couple who had hit a rock in the road.
Two members of the fire and rescue company in Shohola, Pennsylvania, change a flat tire for an elderly couple who had hit a rock in the road.

We spoke with someone from another state trying to locate us. Twenty minutes later, she told us a tech would contact us with a time of arrival. Thirty minutes later, without a tech call, we went through the same scenario. Four calls and two hours later, still no relief. My 32-year "Plus" membership was down the drain on our first call for roadside assistance. (It's 24 hours later and still no response.)

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The good news: After two hours and a lot of traffic, a driver stopped and asked if we needed assistance. Jerry, from Springfield, a UPS driver out of Columbus, changed our tire. We offered him a gas card or money; he declined. He said next time we eat out  to "leave a good tip."

Thank you, Jerry.

Larry and Oleta Milstead, Washington Court House

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Letters: Gun control laws should address shootings in all locations