Letters to the editor on gun violence, judging the poor

09/20/2013 12:00 AM

09/19/2013 5:41 PM

Teach children to love, not hate

My son and his wife who are officers in the U.S. Navy just brought my first grandchild into the world last week in Washington, D.C. She is a lovely little girl, and how I rejoiced. A few days later, a madman attacked the very area where my son works in the Navy Yard. My son was home with his wife and baby. Ordinarily, he walks right by Building 197 every morning at work.

I am tired of hearing about gun control. There are so many guns out there that we are too late. The more that are in the right hands the better, yet we question who should have them. It sure seems odd to me that we think we control this situation anymore. Get real. The old expression was, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” We are way past that point.

What you can do is teach your children well. Teach them to love and not hate. We may be too late on this, too, but only you can change the way they feel, what they hear, what they think and know.

GREG HESSE

Wichita

Wild West days

If a gunman gets into the Capitol building and kills a dozen congressmen, perhaps lawmakers will consider some stricter rules. But again, if President Obama is for it, they likely would arm all congressmen instead.

Should we go back to the Wild West days, when everyone can carry a gun and we have shoot-outs, or duels, when there are disagreements?

JIM LANEY

Wichita

Judging the poor

It never fails to amaze me when someone says that only people who aren’t law-abiding citizens would object to verifying their identity. Until you have walked in the shoes of some people and felt the humiliation of not being able to afford a copy of a birth certificate, you know nothing. The dispute is not about being law-abiding. It’s about placing hurdles to keep lower-income people from voting.

Some say that people on social-service programs commit fraud and that government social workers are incompetent. They need to see how shorthanded social workers are and how badly treated the poor are.

If you want to talk about fraud: How about Enron and banks that made bad loans to hardworking people; big businesses that outsource work; and politicians who promise to help the nation but stomp their feet like children?

Yes, there is fraud, but it is not as rampant as some people suggest. There are a lot of good people trying to take care of their families on all economic levels, just as there is fraud on all economic levels.

LEIGH ANN STUMBLINGBEAR

Wichita

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