An end to gun violence

Second Amendment

It didn’t take long for Democrats to blame guns for the latest shooting.

Eight people died as result of the shooting in Allen, while seven others were killed, but with an automobile at Brownsville. If you apply the same logic, guns and cars should be outlawed.

There are about 47,000 motor vehicle deaths each year. Where is the outrage and the movement to outlaw cars?

People kill people. Guns on their own, do not. We should concentrate on the human element that causes these deaths, not the instrument of destruction.

Mike Gonzales

Reduce gun deaths

“Greg Abbott points to ‘mental health crisis’ following Allen mall shooting,”
MySA, May 8:

I read this headline, and I, at first, thought our governor had realized his mental health has prevented him from taking action to prevent the next mass shooting.

One does not have to be a genius to realize that curtailing easy access to guns or putting a “sin tax” on bullets would go a long way toward reducing gun deaths.

His goal of eradicating anger and violence is about as senseless as a war on evil. Hatred, brutality and inhumanity will always be with us. It is a shame we have to wait until 2026 for the next gubernatorial election.

Don Mathis

Mental health of leaders

Gov. Greg Abbott, commenting after the latest mass shooting, reiterates the need to address mental health in Texas.

The mental health that needs to be examined, immediately, is that of the Republican leadership of Texas. Since Uvalde, they have been reelected, banned books, outlawed abortion, among other priorities. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

What part of mental illness do you not get, governor?

William Schiller

An end to gun violence

Re: “Another mass shooting, another empty message,” Editorial, May 7:

Thoughts and prayers can only go for so long. Having our American flag flown at half-staff (again) is the new normal or new way to display the American flag.

The Sunday editorial mentions five hours and 300 miles separate the mass shooting site of Cleveland, Texas from Uvalde. The Express-News didn’t get a chance to mention the distance to a subsequent mass shooting in Allen from Cleveland: it’s 5 hours and 5 minutes and 335.9 miles.

I can “almost” figure out where the National Rifle Association might hold its next convention and Gov. Greg Abbott will be the keynote speaker.

When will this all end. Oh, I know, when Abbott is voted out!

Adela Vega Munoz

It’s time to act

Help yourself and God helps you also, is an old saying.

So, what does all the praying by politicians do, without them doing something to fight the “gundemic”?

As of May 8, there have been 208 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Where are our Christian values?

The so-called press conference in Allen, following another mass shooting, was a nonsensical political stunt. No one had anything of substance to say, except mentioning a service and to pray at church on Sunday.

We have seen where praying alone has gotten us. It’s time to act. Politicians wake up.

We do not live in the 1800s Wild West. We live in a supposedly civilized country. And, no, it’s not mental health. It’s the ease of obtaining the guns.

Please politicos help us get rid of some of the guns, then we all can give a prayer of thanks.

George and Hannelore Matthes, Canyon Lake

Unconstitutional manner

The Second Amendment reads “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

On May 24, 2022, a new member of the people’s militia killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. Before that it was Sandy Hook (26 dead), Virginia Tech (32 dead), Santa Fe (10 dead), Parkland high school (17 dead) and many, many more schools. But that’s not all. Members of the people’s militia have struck at churches, concerts, night clubs and just about everywhere else.

I doubt the Founding Fathers who wrote the Second Amendment would consider the current slaughter committed by members of the people’s militia as “well regulated” or “necessary to the security of a free state.”

For the past few decades it has been “open season” on the general public. The people’s militia is clearly out of control. The only security it is providing is to the gun industry and the vast majority of the Republicans supporting it.

If the people’s militia cannot function as “well regulated” as stated in the Second Amendment and as intended in the Preamble of the Constitution — that is, well-regulated enough to “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty” — then the people’s militia has been operating in an unconstitutional manner.

The people’s weapons of slaughter (assault-style rifles) should be banned.

James Duderstadt

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