Freedom reigns in gun law vote | May 5 letter
Protecting freedom only of criminals
Background checks have always and will always be the first line of defense against gun violence, and when the Brady national background check was first introduced, the denial rate in California was 12 percent of applicants trying to purchase guns and 5 to 6 percent in all other states.
Just think of all the freedom lost to all by these prohibited buyers over the years since. Those who claim background checks don't work refuse to acknowledge the success of the Brady bill that has kept guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
The failure of our Congress to pass an upgraded version of Brady, to close loopholes in our current background check system, will, according to letter writer Bill Bunting, create more freedom as everyone, including criminals and mental patients, will not be subjected to this check.
According to polls 90 percent of Americans are eager to be subjected to the minor inconvenience of a background check. According to Bunting's letter, 43 senators who voted against the national background check have their own political agendas. They certainly do, and the number of Republicans in Congress will steadily decline because ignoring your constituents' wishes is a great way lose your seat.
Arthur C. Hayhoe, Wesley Chapel
Two who know 'right thing to do'
It's nice to know there's someone keeping track of a Republican dinner who realizes the damage done by politicians beholden to the NRA. Are there any others of the Republican Party who feel that "It's the right thing to do" to vote for gun control, health insurance for all, raising taxes on the rich? That's just on the national level. On the state level, do any of them feel "It's the right thing to do" to give raises to teachers, to stop lobbyists from controlling our state government, to stop trying to reform education by adding more charter schools?
So far, there are two people on the state level who come to mind, Rep. Mike Fasano and Sen. Jack Latvala. In reading about them and hearing them speak, I feel confident they're trying to do the right thing. But I'm not confident in ethical reform where the ethically challenged are the ones put in charge of the hen house.
Mary Jane Miller, Bayonet Point
Shining knight Rubio's dark side | May 5 letter
Vote was about Constitution
I reject the letter writer's allusion to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at the annual fundraiser for the Republican Party of Pasco as an Arthurian shining knight with a dark side because of his vote against the Domestic Violence Act or his recent vote against gun control.
Rubio's vote against the Domestic Violence Act was a result of a provision within the bill that would grant tribal courts jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against non-Native Americans on tribal lands, a situation that could cause severe constitutional problems. The same could be said about the senator's vote on the bill on gun control.
Whatever the letter writer thinks aside, elected officials are sworn to protect the constitution and should take that oath seriously.
Sandy Graves, Land O' Lakes
An invitation to Rep. Fasano
Here's an invitation to Honorable State Rep. Mike Fasano to come join the Pasco Democratic Party. I speak only for myself as a former Republican turned Democrat.
I know of Mr. Fasano's selfless work you have done over the nearly 20 years I've resided in Pasco County. I share the shame that you must be experiencing after the conclusion of the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature. Shame for the wanton disregard of Republicans who voted against the wellbeing of more than a million Floridians lacking affordable health care insurance. Shame for their turning back on billions of dollars of our tax money we paid to the federal government. Shame for their stand against gun safety legislation favored by 9 out of 10 voters throughout the country. Our shame is heightened by the fact that we share our home county with two of the principal ideological representatives. They are tangled up in their philosophical tea party conservative underwear over any issue that is for the people they are supposed to serve.
Democrats favor government that favors the wellbeing of our fellow Floridians. Please, Mr. Fasano, come join us in our effort to make Florida a better place to live and work.
Joe King, New Port Richey
At polls, consider the person
A May 8 headline reads Schools cut 175 positions. What a joke. The so-called politicians were voted into office to help Florida. Instead, they help their own political agenda. If they are for the people, they should cut their own salaries instead of cutting needed positions.
When you go to the polls, think, if this person is going to help Florida or is the person going to help his or her own political agenda.
Ed Goldstein, Zephyrhills