The shooting at the congressional baseball practice was horrible. But hopefully it will be a wake-up call. Republican Congressman Jeff Duncan, who was at the practice but not injured, drafted the bill Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. And Republican Steve Scalise, who is also an avid gun rights supporter, was also there and was critically injured.
It will be interesting to see if they, and others, still have the same views after this incident. I haven’t read the entire proposed bill mentioned above but understand it would make it easier to purchase gun silencers, transport guns across state lines and ease restrictions on armor-piercing bullets. These proposals would make it easier to prepare for and execute an attack like today, and make them even more dangerous.
More guns are not the answer to the problems. As availability increases, so do these shootings. Armed “guards” were present but didn’t prevent the incident. Are we going to have every ball player carry a gun while playing? And the shooter having a silencer might have made it more difficult to tell where the shots were coming from.
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If I am not mistaken, we have some of the highest homicide rates in the world. When are we going to wake up to the reality of what is happening? Lives are more important than gun lovers’ egos, some of which have morphed into a sense of entitlement to enforce their own laws. Get mad, and let your congressman know we need sensible regulations.
Jim Laney, Wichita
When I was growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, my mother would load my brothers, sisters and me in the car on summer mornings and take us to the Gates Park swimming pool for swimming lessons. This was crucial for us, as we lived near the Cedar River, a river that at one time took the life of a boy who ventured too near to the edge.
As I walk around the McAdams Park pool, I’m grateful that my mother thought it was a good idea for us to learn to swim. On summer mornings, I see grade school-age children in the pool taking swimming lessons. Learning to swim at a young age is the best way to save lives of children. Statistics show that African-American children drown at a much higher rate than white children. It is short-sighted, therefore, for members of the Wichita City Council to tear down McAdams Park pool. The pool should be renovated for the use of those who live in the northeast area of Wichita. The children who live there should have access to lifesaving lessons, as I did.
Patrick Roche, Wichita
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