7 letters: Readers hold forth on weapons, vehicles, Mastriano and Juneteenth


Dangerous guys will at all times get weapons

In response to current letters about wise gun management: Background checks are a should and registration is nice, however I’d prefer to suppose these writers would agree the evil factor can bypass background checks and definitely received’t register unlawful firearms. So the place does that depart us? If weapons are taken out of the palms of law-abiding residents, then all they will do is depend on a police officer who most likely received’t arrive in time. Dangerous guys love unarmed victims.

Weapons have been in our properties because the start of our nation, so what occurred?

• Values and accountability should not being taught at dwelling.

• TV and film gunfights. The identical individuals who earn a living on motion films need to take your weapons from you.

• Courts in lots of instances are too lenient on sentencing.

• The warning indicators of a possible mass shooter with suicidal intentions are being ignored.

Semi-automatic weapons have been in our properties since World Battle II, so nothing new there. Most locations you possibly can’t hunt with them, however our Second Modification wasn’t to ensure hunters might have their rifles; it was to make sure residents might defend themselves from a runaway authorities. World historical past offers many examples of unarmed residents being massacred on the pleasure of their communist state.

If statistics of registered gun house owners responsible of mass shootings and different crimes had been proven, the quantity could be extraordinarily low. The NRA doesn’t produce criminals; it teaches security and marksmanship to law-abiding residents, many who’ve gone on to serve and defend our nation.

Ron Maxson, Hempfield

The author is a retired Marine.

What concerning the two-ton weapons — vehicles?

In response to Diana Steck’s letter “Sufficient is sufficient — we want motion on weapons” (June 8, TribLIVE): Wow, superb, good go, Congress, for passing new gun management legal guidelines and saving the youngsters of the USA. Steck acquired the “motion” she clamored for.

I positive received’t miss all the 24/7 information advert nauseum about lifeless youngsters (tongue-in-cheek). Besides that now that the gun violence has been quelled, auto crashes can resume its conventional lead in lifeless youngsters’s physique counts. It will give Steck one thing to work on within the close to and much future. The kids’s dying toll on our highways has at all times been No. 1 and isn’t at all times simply an accident, both. Many car deaths are literally homicides, too. For some purpose, the general public doesn’t contemplate felony murder by car with the identical conviction as with a gun. Give an unstable individual a car, add some perspective, medication and alcohol, and also you now have a two-ton “weapon.”

I solely need to make yet one more remark: Criminals and mass murderers don’t adhere to legal guidelines. Solely accountable, law-abiding residents do, they usually aren’t the issue.

Robert W. Smith, Plum

Weapons include accountability

I watch the information every single day and develop into extra disheartened on a regular basis. We’ve youngsters being killed and killing one another. Simply this morning was a narrative of a 12-year-old boy committing armed theft.

I’m a gun proprietor and imagine that’s my proper, however additionally it is my accountability. I can’t obtain a driver’s license with out proving my data and proficiency; buying a firearm needs to be no completely different.

I totally assist accountable gun possession, with accountable being the operative phrase. Background checks should be thorough, and an operators course needs to be necessary. I used to be taught the best way to function, clear and correctly retailer my weapons within the army.

As well as, penalties for unlawful possession and sale of firearms should be extreme. I don’t imagine this infringes on my rights and may very well do one thing to stop at the very least one wrongful capturing. Adults and kids alike want to know that they’re liable for their actions. Gun violence is a symptom of a bigger drawback and must be addressed as such.

Tim Anderson, Blairsville

Can we save each mom and child?

Because the Supreme Court docket’s Dobbs resolution day approaches and the plethora of Roe defenses abound within the press, social media and spiritual circles, allow us to discover realities about that a lot referenced exception to preserving harmless life in Judaism — to avoid wasting the lifetime of the mom.

We’ve been instructed for years that torturing an unborn youngster to dying is important in these uncommon conditions. Not true, in line with the consultants on the American Affiliation of Professional-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They are saying it’s medically and morally preferable to humanely take away the child from the uterus by cesarean part. The child could be saved if viable. In actually life-threatening conditions, the mom’s life is saved rapidly by cesarean part supply, moderately than risking her life awaiting the 2 to a few days of preparation required for an abortion.

Late-term brutal dismemberment of an unborn youngster is harmful for the mom due to the potential for the abortionist rupturing the uterus. Infertility typically outcomes. Submit-abortion, many moms expertise long-term night time terrors and regret.

No knowledgeable rabbi would authorize a torturous dying of an harmless, pain-capable toddler when the child could be saved or put a girl at risk when a protected various is accessible.

Allow us to encourage our rabbis to suggest saving each mom and youngster, if potential, within the distinctive instances moderately than assume the ethical legal responsibility that comes by authorizing a barbaric torture and dying of an harmless youngster and the predictable hurt to the mom.

Cecily Routman, Sewickley

The author is president of the Jewish Professional-Life Basis.

Media biased towards Mastriano

I concur with Joe Schmidt’s wonderful letter accusing the Tribune-Evaluate and Related Press of unprofessional assaults on Sen. Doug (“Hit piece on Mastriano yellow journalism,” June 15, TribLIVE).

I can’t perceive why anybody within the media, particularly a Western Pennsylvania newspaper, wouldn’t solely be shocked, however legitimately impressed by Mastriano’s victory for the Republican nomination for governor towards some very respectable opponents with wonderful backing and credentials. Nonetheless, Mastriano got here out on high with a formidable 48% of the vote with out assist from huge monied contributors and little or no optimistic assist from most media retailers.

He was primarily characterised by the media as a “far-right candidate.” Is that this as a result of he helps the Second Modification, he’s a pro-life candidate and Christian, or as a result of he believes strongly in a legit picture ID to vote? I feel many Individuals assist these ideas. Is it as a result of he’s difficult the validity of the Pennsylvania vote for president in 2020?

Simply because he organized buses and attended President Trump’s “Cease the Steal Rally” on Jan. 6, AP articles in Could insinuated he participated within the riot, when he and his spouse left instantly upon studying of the disturbance on the Capitol.

Apparently, many Pennsylvania voters will need to have comparable issues. Mastriano received as a result of he had vital grassroots assist although his donors and his unprecedented variety of door-to-door campaigners and 29,000 signatures from all 67 counties.

I’m hopeful Western Pennsylvania voters might be monitoring and questioning the equity of the protection via the upcoming elections.

Michael Contes, New Kensington

Mastriano’s harmful plans

In his letter “Hit piece on Mastriano yellow journalism” (June 15, TribLIVE), Joe Schmidt stated Doug Mastriano, the state’s Republican candidate for governor, is being unfairly attacked by the media as a result of he’s a Christian nationalist. Christian nationalists interviewed in an article that appeared within the Penn Capital Star on Could 11 instructed the newspaper, “God meant America to be a Christian nation.” If that’s Mastriano’s perception and he turns into Pennsylvania’s subsequent governor, what occurs if he indicators an govt order denying non-Christian state residents the appropriate to follow their religions?

Mastriano is also promising as governor, he’ll order tens of millions of voters’ info faraway from county voting rolls and require all voters to resubmit their purposes to vote. Mastriano hasn’t proven any actual proof of voter fraud, nor introduced an actual plan to cease it sooner or later.

We’ve been granted freedom of faith and the appropriate to vote by the U.S. and state constitutions. If Mastriano is being attacked by the media, it’s not due to his spiritual beliefs, however as a result of his plans for Pennsylvania are too radical and too harmful.

Frances Weiss, White Oak

Juneteenth defined

There appears to be confusion concerning the significance of the Juneteenth vacation. Permit me to clarify. On July 4, we have fun Individuals not having to pay taxes to England. On June 19, we have fun that Individuals are not purchased, offered and owned by the individuals who didn’t need to pay taxes.

Thomas C. Spallone, Hempfield


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