Five commentaries today on laws pertaining to guns.
Crime flourishes when morals erode
By Bill Van Velzer
Van Velzer lives in Daleville.
Jim Ludington’s recent op-ed piece (“We need an armed citizenry,” Feb. 1) encourages thoughtful deliberation about the only legitimate question in the recent gun control debate: “How do we maintain our personal freedoms while enhancing legitimate requirements for personal security?”
Along the way, he also alludes to a political divide that has become deeper over the last few years. Sadly, there are two Americas: the rural heartland and South, and the nation’s urban centers, including (and perhaps especially) both coasts. The gun-control debate is simply another topic within this larger theme.
Not all liberals support gun control
By Heather Brown
Brown lives in Roanoke.
Disclaimer: I am a bleeding-heart liberal and voted for President Obama. My husband, however, is a Libertarian and watches Fox News. We have learned through painful and heated exchanges not to discuss politics. The only thing we seem to agree on is the love of our country.
My husband is a skilled marksman. His favorite pastime is to go to the shooting range. At home, he instructs me to say “threat,” and he practices how quickly he can unholster his gun and take aim. My husband is an extremely responsible gun owner.
Gun laws don’t stop disturbed killers
Martin lives in Catawba.
In the hysteria surrounding the proposed assault weapons ban, much misinformation, disinformation and blatant lies have been tossed about. The main focus of the ban is the AR‑15. With millions in circulation, it is the most popular rifle in America today, and it is not an “assault rifle.”
Words are so important
By Bill Caperton
Caperton is a retired Presbyterian minister. He is not a gun owner now, but grew up with a hunting father and brother and several guns.
A young attorney, just a few years out of law school, and I were recently talking about church and religion, and she said she felt like her constitutional law course had been much like a Bible study class. She meant that the Constitution was the canon we use to guide our nation. We take into consideration all the commentary that has grown over the couple of centuries, along with the statutes and the “natural law” and common law that is so influential; some include God’s law in the mix.
Difficult to decipher meaning and the truth
By Frederick Fuller
Fuller lives in Roanoke County.
We human beings are unique among all other animals on Earth because we are connected by words. Indeed, words are sounds we agree represent something — a movement or action, an idea, opinion, etc. Often words are consonantal, or in harmony, with what people agree on. Nevertheless, just as often words are disconsonantal, or disharmonious, and create oppositions that can, and frequently do, lead to hostility.