Letters to the editor: March 4, 2018

If Austin rolls out the red carpet to Amazon like they are doing to Columbus Crew SC, forget about either one moving to Austin.

Both Austin City Council and Precourt Sports Ventures should consider the following: The Dallas Mavericks built American Airlines Center in an area very similar to McKalla Place. Mark Cuban and the city of Dallas were smart enough to see what it could be. Not only is that part of Dallas no longer an eyesore, it is an amazing sports venue linked to restaurants, shopping and the community.

Nothing gets done when you are waiting for the other guy to do something. Council and PSV: Show some vision and make the move happen. It will be great for PSV and the city.


I urge readers to join me in boycotting obnoxious, scofflaw politicians, regardless of party, who violate citizens’ right to privacy to get themselves elected to public office.

Please, if you receive an unsolicited call or text from a politician, withhold your vote from them.

Same goes for politicians who post their campaign signs on the public right of way. Politicians who don’t respect you or the law do not deserve your vote.


As a concerned American and Texan — and as a teacher — I am sick of hearing of the senseless school shootings and the precious lives lost. These are our students, teachers and staff; our children and our parents; our friends and neighbors. These are our shining lights, forever snuffed.

As humans, we tend to rationalize issues like this — until it hits home. It’s only a matter of time before each of us mourns someone we knew personally who was a victim. Is that what it’s going to take?

I’m not advocating removing guns from law-abiding citizens, but we must adopt stricter gun regulations. We need stricter waiting periods. We need to ban assault weapons for private citizens and encourage a more thorough background check.

Students and teachers should not be afraid to go to school. Parents should not have to wonder if a morning’s goodbye kiss will be their child’s last.


When an airplane crashes, no one anoints the survivors as airplane safety experts and rushes to give them a forum to discuss their views on airline safety.

But a handful of teens barely old enough to shave are suddenly deemed to be gun experts and school safety experts because they were fortunately enough not to be killed in the Florida shooting. Perhaps this new approach has more to do with pushing a political agenda than problem-solving.


Re: Feb. 24 letter to the editor, “Want a gun? Get ready to serve in the militia.”

The writer’s comments on “a well regulated militia” are incomplete and accordingly misleading. Our founding fathers incorporated the Second Amendment in our Constitution, so that the citizens could protect themselves from an oppressive government and defend themselves from local threats.

Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper No. 29 wrote that people have a right to their weapons, and formal training was not necessary to be part of a militia. James Madison defined a well regulated militia as “citizens with arms in their hands… fighting for their common liberties.” George Mason said, “Who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people.” Massachusetts defined the militia as, “all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60.”

Militia were not members of the formalized National Guard as we know it today — and were never intended to be part of such a formal military organization.


Re: Feb. 26 commentary, “Hamilton and Madison never imagined assault weapons.”

Claude Ducloux’s analysis was spot-on in noting that assault weapons weren’t contemplated by the founders. In fact, Justice Antonin Scalia agreed in the majority opinion he wrote for the District of Columbia v. Heller that it does not preclude the regulation of dangerous, military-style weapons.

“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” Scalia wrote, and stated that it extended to the sorts of weapons “in common use at the time,” not to M-16’s and like military weapons. He said that the fact that the technology of weaponry has changed does not alter the court’s constitutional interpretation.

So, we are not, as the hardliners claim, precluded by the Constitution from banning the high capacity weaponry designed to kill humans; we are only held back by legislative cowardice and misplaced priorities.


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