Make us your home page
Letters to the Editor

Gun bill will make the public safer

Gun zealots put Floridians at risk | April 11, editorial

Gun bill will make public safer

Unfortunately, you got it wrong, yet one more time. The right of a duly licensed gun owner to be able to legally keep a locked gun in a locked car will no more end with blood in the streets or Wild West shootouts than did the "stand your ground" law which doesn't obligate someone with a gun to retreat from an imminent threat.

This new bill allows someone to legally keep his/her gun accessible before and after work without having to first go home. It doesn't allow a person to carry at work or to use a gun illegally at work. Period.

This law doesn't make us feel safer, it makes us safer. If someone is disgruntled at their place of employment, no law will prevent them from illegally carrying a gun to work and (illegally) killing someone. Conversely, legal gun owners may stop the crazy person, because they possess the means of defending themselves. The right to defend yourself trumps property rights. This is as it should be.

William W. Nelson, St. Petersburg

A veto is in order

I am ashamed to say I am a Republican voter. I cannot believe in the wake of all the shootings in these last several years, that our lawmakers would consider such a bill. There are so many other pressing issues for the state of Florida, why would they waste their time on a bill that would only put more guns out there?

How many more innocent people will have to die before we will finally concede that we need stricter gun control laws? Ask the families who have lost loved ones because of evil decisions or unlocked gun cabinets. Our family has been the victim of such circumstances. Our lives will never be the same, but we did not go out and buy a gun to protect ourselves.

Gov. Charlie Crist came in with a good record on crime, but he is making a huge mistake if he does not veto this bill. There will only be more innocent lives lost to this gun law.

Sandra Carney, St. Petersburg

Gun zealots put Floridians at risk | April 11, editorial

Offensive rhetoric

How sad to again see this tired, inaccurate tirade about legitimate gun rights. The zealots who endanger citizens are the people who own businesses and malls and refuse to protect their clients and employees, assuming anyone with shooting skills is a nut case just waiting for a chance to bang away without care.

If jurisprudence could protect citizens on the streets, and armed guards in businesses were allowed to, there wouldn't be almost a half-million registered concealed weapon carriers, who know how dangerous parking lots are. Criminals already target parking lots because shoppers are easy targets, not to get guns.

Your choice of words is offensive not only to law-abiding citizens but to logic. I am very disappointed to read that in an otherwise responsible newspaper.

Max R. Loick, St. Petersburg

Gun zealots put Floridians at risk | April 11, editorial

Affront to 2nd Amendment

Allowing protective weapons in an automobile will not (as your editorial states) have criminals seeing "parking lots as even more attractive targets because of the likelihood that they will find guns." The guns have always been there. What a ban will do is make criminals see unarmed people even more attractive targets.

The concealed weapons carrier is the person who has gone through the legal channels to do so. The criminals carry illegally and will continue to do so.

Having this ban is an affront to the Second Amendment and the only way to uphold it would be an affront to the Fourth Amendment. Would you like a visit by the "gun police" to rummage through your car? How about your house?

Dennis Condon, Palm Harbor

Guns at work effort passes | April 10, story

A political ploy?

I cannot fathom why anyone would think bringing guns to work could be a good idea. Why then would Gov. Charlie Crist condone it? The obvious answer is electability, to position himself as worthy of NRA support and right-wing backing for a vice presidential slot. Okay, I get the stupidity of national politics. But does he not have any sense of what is practical on a financial, if not human, level for his own state?

Imagine what would have happened if everyone had been toting a gun at Virginia Tech — how many more lives could have been lost in the chaos or the guilt later when it was determined that your son or daughter shot an innocent person?

I hope that the business lobbyists keep at it and pursue a lawsuit if they have to.

Tina Spangler, St. Petersburg

Crist is urged to veto gun measure | April 11

Safety is a priority

I am a gun owner who only has weapons in the car when I'm headed to a shooting range. I also keep my guns under lock and key. The legal gun owners I know are the most gun-safety minded folks I know. If someone is going to illegally shoot someone, they're not worried about a law that says having a gun in their car is a problem.

Professor Joe Little alluded to this turning Florida into the Wild West with his comment, "It's like the old westerns — check your guns at the door." Didn't most opponents of the "stand your ground" law make the same movie allusions, anticipating gun violence to expand greatly? And it didn't happen.

I am a fan of most gun safety measures. But I am not a fan of the money being spent on trying to keep legal gun owners from exercising their rights. I'd much prefer this money be spent on law enforcement to try to keep illegal guns off the streets.

David E. Switzer, Tampa

End of the line is just fine | April 10, Garrison Keillor column

Hard work yields luck

Garrison Keillor's column was just one more lengthy attempt to perpetuate the two most basic false premises upon which left-wing liberalism is built. 1) If you are not successful, it's because you are unlucky. 2) You are such a good person that you allow aggressive people to shove you aside and step on you in ascending the ladder of success.

There is no room in this philosophical position for considering that lack of success might possibly be caused by any lack of effort, of focus on proper priorities, of enthusiasm for serious endeavor, or (heaven forbid) less intelligence.

By most standards, I have been moderately successful in my life. I well remember a statement I heard early in my business career regarding luck as a factor in success. A man told me that the harder he worked the luckier he got. I've heard that many times since, and I've said it many times. I would also like to believe that I treated all people fairly along the way, professionally and socially. Most successful people I have known could be accurately described that same way.

I thoroughly resent the ideas that I was either lucky or a nasty, conniving person. I worked hard for what I achieved. I am now enjoying the fruits of that labor, and I am sure not going to apologize for that.

F. Darrell Thomas, Trinity

Gun bill will make the public safer 04/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2008 4:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours