Stopping a guy with a gun
Re: “Video reignites anger — Edited footage shows dozens of officers waiting as shots ring out,” Wednesday news story.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Thus spake the National Rifle Association in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre, nearly 10 years ago.
In Uvalde, dozens of guys with guns chose not to stop a bad guy with a gun, all because they were deathly afraid of a bad guy with an assault weapon. We’ve watched them on video do nothing for 77 minutes. The voices of the scared and dying little children have been muted in the version I’ve watched.
It doesn’t matter anymore who you are: child, teacher, Black, Jewish, Asian, Hispanic, average citizen. By God, ensuring the Second Amendment remains unimpeded is paramount. It comes with a hefty price. A price we are expected, no, demanded, to pay for as far into the future as we can imagine. Shame on us. Vote accordingly.
Michael Anthony, Carrollton
Screams we didn’t hear
“The video, abridged and edited to remove children’s screams … (my emphasis). These words have been haunting me since I read them this morning. Emmett Till’s mother wanted people to understand what racism had done to her son, and it made a difference.
Maybe if we had to listen to the Uvalde children screaming and see what the bullets did to their bodies, maybe it would make a difference in our gun laws.
Mary Canterbury, Dallas/Casa Linda
Dog as killing machine
Re: “4-year-old dies after dog attack — Neighbor: No adults inside house with girl during incident,” Monday news story.
I share my home with two wonderful dogs. They give me companionship and endless joy. I also own several guns that I enjoy using for target practice. However, I cannot see the need for owning either a high-powered semi-automatic rifle or a pit bull.
I believe the pit bull is the AR-15 of the canine world. If you take the time to look at all the dog attack stories in the news for the past several years, you will see the pit bull over and over again. If you make a trip to the local shelter to see about adopting a new friend, you will see that the majority of the dogs either surrendered or abandoned and picked up are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
I have believed my entire life that there are no bad dogs and no bad kids. History tells me otherwise. If we want to blame access to high-powered rifles for violence, I believe it is not a stretch to blame pit bull dogs for the same.
I would heartily endorse stricter rules for adopting these dogs. I am aware that there are good pit bull and owner relationships, just as there are good-hearted people who enjoy AR-15 ownership. Too bad the headlines keep those people in the shadows.
Ken Kelley, Pottsboro
Changes to Title IX
The Biden administration has proposed including sexual orientation and gender identity in the protections in Title IX. Title IX has prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal funding for the past 50 years. This federal protection has been instrumental for women in all fields school-related.
If Biden gets his way, this redefinition will alter the enforcement of Title IX across the country. The results will be:
Women will be deprived of privacy and safety; single-sex spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms and dorm rooms will be open to anyone who identifies as a woman; and women’s sports will be open to men who identify as women. This redefinition would be federally enforceable in every school that accepts federal dollars, from kindergarten to college.
We all need to take action to stop this redefinition by submitting a comment on the federal website www.regulations.gov.
Don S. Pearce, Dallas
Show us the money
Re: “Retain teachers with project-based learning — Hands-on method helps students and educators alike avoid brain drain,” by Emily McGinnis, Wednesday Opinion.
The very idea of project-based learning’s being the panacea for teachers was insulting to those of us who have spent our entire adult lives teaching. Of course, well-designed projects have a place in almost every classroom but to suggest that project-based learning will make teachers’ lives so much easier and we won’t leave the profession is just tone deaf.
The difficulties of teaching in our classrooms are not what’s driving educators out of the schools in ever increasing numbers. Professional educators love teaching. All we want to do is teach, and for decades we have put up with low salaries, insufficient health care, underfunded retirement plans, and incompetent or indifferent leadership at every level. No instructional strategy or project is going to change those factors. If the governor, the Texas Education Agency or the State Board of Education were serious about retaining experienced educators and attracting new teachers, they would address those issues. Instead they spend their time and resources banning books and imagining critical race theory monsters in the classroom.
Until our salaries, benefits and leadership are fixed, good luck finding teachers and retaining the ones you’ve got.
Richard McGowan, McKinney
Minding others’ business
Re: “Law firm warning by GOP — Freedom Caucus says paying for abortion travel may be illegal,” July 9 Metro & Business story.
I found this article fascinating and extremely hypocritical. On one hand, these extreme right Republicans yell from the rafters that no one can force them to get vaccinated or wear masks.
Now, they want to tell businesses what they can and can’t do for their employees and control where women can travel, or risk losing their jobs. Just what we need for our economy — more people without jobs.
Nancy Wilson, East Dallas
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