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Monday's letters: Too many guns, too many deaths

Gun rights, gun control far apart, hearing shows | Jan. 31

Too many guns, too many deaths

We're living back in the Wild West. Can't we come together as a nation and agree that the current gun laws need to be changed or amended? Instead of strongly defending existing gun laws, why can't the NRA's Wayne LaPierre offer some solutions?

Some news items last week: a 15-year-old honor student is shot dead in Chicago; a town prays for young hostage's safety after a school bus driver is killed; a Texas prosecutor is killed by masked gunman; and an Arizona shooting suspect is found dead while one of his victims is placed on life support and "will not survive."

As a nation, we should be outraged as every day, innocent children and adults are being murdered in our streets.

Neil J. Armstrong, Tampa

Seabird haven halting rescues | Jan. 31

Rescue the sanctuary

Why are Floridians standing by while one of our few bird hospital and rehab centers goes under? Yes, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has had ongoing financial problems, but where is the support from wealthy individuals or companies, or state and county governments, when it comes to the rescue of these creatures? Are we just going to let it go under?

Most of the injuries to birds are caused by people. Examples being: fishing injuries caused by swallowed hooks and lines; car accidents; and, recently, the unthinkable direct injury by guns used for sport on our native protected ospreys by bird killers.

The sanctuary has for years educated the public, rescued and healed sick and wounded birds and given them a place for recovery. So isn't it time to rescue them?

Jennifer Gardner, South Pasadena

Tolerance and the Boy Scouts Jan. 31, editorial

Private vs. public

The Tampa Bay Times has shown its true agenda in this editorial. It advocates forcing private groups, such as Scout troops, to accept homosexual behavior. The Times has moved beyond its stance on homosexuals in government agencies, such as cities and the military, to forcing private troops to abdicate established beliefs.

Christopher Martinez, St. Petersburg

Rays refresh pitch for stadium | Feb. 1

Hometown fans

Most people in Florida are from somewhere else. Phillies fans move down here but remain Phillies fans for the rest of their lives. Same goes for the Yankees, Red Sox and other big-name teams back home. The only time these fans see a Rays game is when they're playing their old "hometown" team.

I don't know what the answer is, but no relocation, new stadium or anything else is going to work without addressing this fundamental problem. People moving here need to let go of their past and accept Tampa Bay as their new hometown and support the Rays as their new home team.

Peter McDonald, Palm Harbor

Transport the crowds

I think looking for another location in Pinellas or Hillsborough for the Rays is premature.

The Rays, St. Petersburg City Council, mayor and Pinellas commissioners should be able to connect the dots on the substantial improvement in public transit that's on the drawing board for Pinellas County with the addition of light rail and expanded bus service that connects Clearwater to St. Petersburg and right to the front door of Tropicana Field.

This expansion of public transit will allow thousands of Rays fans to attend games who cannot attend now due to its cost and excessive time, including $20 to park a car and limited bus service.

The problem is outdated Tropicana Field, not its location. With light rail and expanded bus service coming to the door of the Trop if the voter referendum passes, I believe it becomes the preferred location.

The Rays' new stadium should be built on the current parking lot, with the old stadium razed for the new parking lot. Many other major-league teams have done this exact thing when building their new stadiums.

Frank Lupo, St. Petersburg

Gun rights, gun control far apart, hearing shows | Jan. 31

Irrational behavior

I wonder about how our nation's mental health affects our gun violence epidemic. Earlier this week I listened to a story about a man who walked through a supermarket with his assault rifle slung over his shoulder. Customers frantically ran out the door and it brought a huge police response.

That same day a woman explained to Congress why she needed a big scary assault rifle at home to protect her kids from the potential of being attacked by four or five dangerous intruders.

Do you suppose these two would be willing to submit to a psychiatric evaluation?

Kyle Quattlebaum, Clearwater

Taking aim at bullet buyers | Feb. 1

Focus on ammunition

I think this is an excellent idea. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said it best: "It's a law without any teeth" not to have background checks for ammunition. This would also alert authorities if someone was purchasing large quantities, which would be needed if they want to fire tens of rounds per second.

We also need to stop the sale of these killing machines that can kill too many in a very short time. They cannot be compared to knives, bats or even cars, so let's stop the rhetoric like the suggestion that "we do not have background checks on who buys steak knives." Obviously a human being cannot throw 10 knives per second, let alone hit something throwing at that speed.

Jim Demmy, Kenneth City

Needs more fab, less drab | Feb. 1

It was a great show

After reading the review of Traces, I was not looking forward to going to the production. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it was over — in fact I was disappointed when it was done. It was a spectacle I will never forget. The stunts these young adults did were extremely entertaining. The man sitting beside me commented, "I guess the paper was wrong." It was worth it.

Becky McFadden, Palm Harbor

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