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Letters, Aug. 12

Ban assault weapons

People kill people. People with assault weapons kill more people — many, many, many more people.

Red flag laws are important. Background checks are important. Banning assault weapons — weapons of war designed to kill very many people in very little time — is crucial. Banning assault weapons will not take away any person’s right to bear arms per the Second Amendment. We all know that.

No one deserves to go to Walmart and get shot, killed, lose their children, parents, loved ones. No one deserves to get mowed down while out enjoying community. No one deserves to choose to sacrifice their life for the life of their fellow worshiper. No child deserves to go to school worrying that this might be their last day alive.

The overwhelming majority of Americans want these weapons of war off our streets. Perhaps Senate leadership does not agree. Perhaps this president would not sign such legislation. It doesn’t matter.

Those things can and will change as long as the American people keep pushing to be heard. Push. Push to keep assault weapons off our streets, out of our schools and shopping malls, places of worship, communities. Keep pushing for America. Write to Congressman Greg Walden.

Peggy Leviton

Jacksonville

The evil of democratic socialism

No matter how many adjectives precede socialism, the fundamental concept does not change. The evil of socialism is the subjugation of the individual to the group by coercion. Ayn Rand said it best:

“Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.”

Socialism is power lust pure and simple. It is anti-liberty, anti-free market, anti-individualistic, divisive, and a destroyer of a free society. It is being sold using one of the most base of human emotions — envy. Bashing the wealthy is one example. This is the way Hugo Chavez gained power and ruined Venezuela.

In my view there is no difference in the fundamental political philosophy between socialism and progressivism. It’s a matter of degree of the same evil. To not see socialism’s destructiveness is moral blindness.

Gordon W. Dickerson

Medford

The NRA and domestic terrorism

The NRA was formed to improve marksmanship through training and competition. Karl Frederick, then president of the NRA, as he testified in 1934 at a congressional hearing on the National Firearms Act, stated: “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I seldom carry one. ... I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

Fast forward to today, and you find the NRA is a powerful, special-interest lobbying organization operating at odds with the best interest of the majority of Americans. The NRA has cowed many of our nation’s leaders into supporting its interests. As a result of NRA pressure, current-day domestic terrorists have easy access to weapons they use to kill Americans.

Maybe it’s time to look at the NRA as a contributor to domestic terrorism and find out who funds and supports them and why. At the same time, look at who the NRA supports to do its bidding. If America cannot protect its citizens because of the NRA, it may be time for the Justice Department to take action.

Bruce Kelling

Medford

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