We get way, way, way more Points of View submissions than we can possibly print. Here's one from Donald N. Wood, Ph.D., of Durham, on rethinking the Second Amendment.
Here are some letters that got overrun by other issues before they made it into the paper.
We're inundated today with letters about the Senate's rejecting gun-control measures. Here's a look:
The recent story about the NRA calling for armed guards in every school set off a firestorm among N&O readers. Here is a look at some of the letters we've received (largely unedited). I can't post a nifty link to the original story because our blog system is, um, broken. But here's the story:
WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest gun lobby, which has stayed mostly quiet since the shootings that killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school a week ago, called Friday for Congress to require armed security guards in every school, saying that doing so could prevent acts of mass violence from happening again.
In a defiant and unapologetic speech, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said Friday that the organization would use its resources to build what he called a “national school shield emergency program.” The NRA’s program will be led by Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican congressman and U.S. attorney from Arkansas.
LaPierre on Friday blamed the Connecticut shooting spree on violent video games and movies, as well as the portrayal of guns and mass shootings in the media and the lack of a comprehensive database of the mentally ill. He also said no-gun zones at schools could invite new attacks by those he described as “monsters and predators.” The only thing stopping a “bad guy with a gun” is “a good guy with a gun,” LaPierre said.
Here's a statement from numerous pastors across the state in the N.C. Council of Churches on the shootings in Connecticut:
Getting lots of letters about the Connecticut shootings that are too long to run. Here's one from a Raleigh firearms instructor. See what you think.
Here's a look at more than 20 more letters on the shootings in Connecticut. These are largely unedited.
Another batch of letters from N&O readers on the shootings. These are largely unedited:
Scores and scores of letters on the shooting deaths of 26 at a Connecticut elementary school. Here's a sampling:
The shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that killed 12 and injured more than 50 have understandably riled up the gun debate again. Here are nearly 20 letters we've received.