Letters to the editor, March 5
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Baffling why more people aren’t concerned about guns
Black people didn’t get much respect from anyone in the South until Rosa Parks decided enough was enough. In his next letter, Martin Henrichs will likely try to tell us that only liberal atheists owned slaves.
I’m happy that the safest places he has been are Switzerland and his “old neighborhood” (wherever that was), where everyone seemed to own a gun — heartwarming stuff. According to a 2012 United Nations report, which I’m sure can be challenged, in the developed world Americans are killed in gun-related homicides at a rate of more than 3 per 100,000 people. This is close to four times the rate than of two countries tied for third — Turkey, and — who would have guessed? — Switzerland!
Americans are about 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than the average of all developed nations. It is unfortunate that no serious compromise (from either side) can help to alleviate the sad statistics. I am of the opinion that this is truly a huge problem with many factors involved, not the least of which is the ability of known mentally unstable people being able to purchase guns.
I also wonder why so many Americans seem disinterested in the status quo of our murder rate in general. It’s great for us to be a military power and still lead the free world in many categories. I just don’t think gun violence is something we should be nonchalant about while we hold on to the lead amongst our allies in this world.
Let’s focus on problems in Congress, not the first lady
With much due respect for the Post-Tribune to choose opinion letters, I have to wonder how some of the trash got off the cutting floor and into my paper Feb. 22, written by Thomas Fischer and titled “Waste of money by first lady.”
Fischer’s letter is not only trashy but without an iota of common sense when he makes such absurd suggestions to jail “punks” and parents. He also suggests search and seizure without regard to the Constitution.
Fischer is so concerned about what the first lady does he forgets the biggest problem facing the nation is the dysfunctionality of Congress and the dire consequences thereof. I tend to think Fischer’s real underlying concern is not Michelle Obama’s itinerary but rather the first lady and the president in general.
In his letter, Fischer suggests military intervention in a family home. This suggestion borders on insanity. His comments are closer to a bad joke rather than the chosen words of an amateur with journalistic high hopes.
Mr. Fischer, before you take pen to paper again, think. I sincerely believe if all of us paid more attention to what our Congress is doing and wrote letters in a bipartisan tone, we could affect the prosperity of our great nation rather than nitpick the president and first lady.
Eddie V. Washington