Letters to the Editor 5/6

May 05, 2000

Moms need an education

To the editor:

The Million Mom March for sensible gun laws scheduled for May14 will consist of probably several thousand well-intentioned participants whose agenda calls for a mission of education, telling our citizens about the terror of guns. Each of these types of assemblies will march and shout and carry placards attempting to convince the general population that their message is profound and original.

The problem with this approach is that it is a "copy-cat" of many previous demonstrations. Those looking on and scanning the news quickly realize this. An far more effective approach would consist of these groups calling upon their representatives to insist that our courts and judges prosecute those who laugh at the "system." Such people need to know full well that if and when they are convicted of any firearm law, they will be dealt with accordingly.

The United States now has more than 20,000 gun laws that could deal severely with those who by today's standardsare quite certain they "will do the crime and escape the time." We have to convince these well-intentioned marchers that very little is accomplished when they reason with their hearts rather than their heads.


Logic and common sense will get results, whereas conclusions and decisions conceived by the heart may make one feel good for the moment but will not have a lasting effect.

Any tragic abuse of a potential inanimate object - cars, drugs, alcohol, guns - will never be solved by laws that aren't enforced.

Think of the impact thousands of people woud have if they marched and demonstrated against our judicial system. Our police forces daily experience the frustration that results when those convicted are back on the street within days or weeks.

Many do not know that the statistics which count the deaths of children includes those through the ages of 18 and in some instances through 21.

Each and every tragedy is sad but a perspective is given that adds much more impact if it is recorded as a child.

Finally, there are no laws that will prevent the breakdown of the family, morals and a ultra-liberal media which will never allow even a self-imposed restriction on violence depicted, day-after-day, which creats an audience of children that in many cases has no supervision whatever. We certainly know by now that the criminal mind will never be concerned with gun laws.

Last but not least, this country was founded by an assembly of very concerned leaders whoknew full well the abuses of tyranny and dictatorial lands.

Their collective minds gave us a Constitution and a Bill of Rights so that our nation would stand the test of time. Remember, we are unique. A final reminder to the reader is to aquaint yourself with Adolph Hitler's address where he promised he would create a model society.

Bob Rohrer


It's Pitts who's hateful

To the editor:

This is in response to Leonard Pitts' article of April 7 (Confederate 'heritage' is a romantic lie). In it, Pitts takes Virginia Gov. Gilmore to task for designating April as Confederate History Month. According to Pitts, this is a celebration of losers and that observers have dismissed Gilmore's month as an inappropriate honor for a cause stained by slavery.

He goes on to make fun of the "pithy" little slogan (as he calls it), "Heritage, not Hate." According to Pitts, you can't have heritage without hate. In fact, at the very end of his article he states that heritage is hate. He backs this up by a handful of examples of racists, including one who openly admitted that he was a white supremacist.

This individual agreed with Pitts that the Confederacy was a white, racist government and that you can't separate the heritage from the hate. Mr. Pitts, there's no denying that these people exist, and sadly, many more just like them. But I would hardly regard them as reliable sources. They certainly don't speak for me and I would venture to say that many Southerners would take your remarks as offensive.

There's an old saying that goes, "If you want to find a speck in the soup, you'll find it." People like you will always be looking for that speck. To label all people who are proud of their southern heritage as racists is not only wrong, it's ridiculous. You stated in your article that we should almost feel sorry for these people. To the contrary, I feel sorry for liberal people like you. Because no matter what is done to make amends for slavery, people like you will never be satisfied. Hate comes in many forms, Mr. Pitts, including your kind.

Dennis P. Leatherman


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