Regarding the Parkland, Fla., shooting, we have always had and always will have people with mental health problems and anger issues. But in the past, they didn’t have access to AR-15 rifles, available for purchase at local stores by just about anyone.

Nobody is trying to take away hunting rifles or handguns for protecting homes and families. We are talking about rapid-fire rifles that are killing machines, designed for military use. Only law enforcement officers and soldiers at war need these weapons.

Other civilized countries don’t have these endless massacres, because they have reasonable regulations on gun ownership. This young man wasn’t old enough to buy beer, but was allowed to buy this dangerous weapon in the state of Florida.

How many of these massacres must happen before our government acts? We all need to speak louder than the National Rifle Association, which owns so many of our representatives and senators with their campaign contributions. Do your research, and look up the names of governors and members of Congress who have accepted the NRA contributions and earned their A-plus ratings. Then go to the polls every election and vote them out.

Joyce Anthony

Mogadore

Distortion of gun rights

What if we could use technology to transport the Founding Fathers to our time and have them see what the Second Amendment has become in today’s society?

I wonder if they would agree that the Second Amendment as they had written it was, as the National Rifle Association asserts, to protect the AR-15s that are killing children in our public schools. Public schools that the Founding Fathers strongly supported. I hardly doubt they would agree.

The history of the Second Amendment has been hatefully distorted by the NRA.

Arming teachers is not an answer. Could you imagine the death toll of a shootout between a deranged person with an AR-15 and pistol-packing teachers in a hallway filled with students? A horrible scene would occur that is inconceivable in what is supposed to be a civilized modern society.

It’s time we grew up. End the violence in our schools before the next call comes from the police that it is your child.

William Daniels

Stow

Failing to call out the Russians

Regarding the Feb. 22 commentary ‘‘Democrats do the politicizing,’’ Marc Thiessen correctly states that the Russian efforts to undermine trust in the democratic process are a grave threat. However, I take issue with his premise that the Democrats are blocking efforts to work together to stop this threat.

I believe the president is the main reason this Russian threat is not being adequately dealt with. The president continues to denigrate our intelligence services while failing to call out the Russians.

The president even criticized his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, for commenting on the recent Russian indictments. Not once have I heard the president criticize Vladimir Putin.

I am saddened that in light of such a grave threat to our democratic institutions, so many now put party above country. It seems that some, like Thiessen, have made the transition from unwitting accomplice to willing abettor. Others, I fear, remain witless.

Rob Gatian

Canal Fulton