It seems that whenever a proposal to regulate guns is brought up, the National Rifle Association tells its members it’s a step toward confiscating guns. Its mantra seems to be “give ’em an inch and they’ll take a mile.” Its claim is that any regulation will lead to depriving gun ownership for all citizens regardless of who they are and how law-abiding they are.

Automobiles and trucks have not disappeared from our streets in spite of the fact that all require licenses to operate and titles of ownership. Of course, motor vehicles are not intended to kill people, even though they do, accidentally. Guns are made specifically to kill animals and people.

There are collectors who legitimately buy and sell firearms, and these folks are exempt from proposed regulations on buying and selling guns, and that’s as it should be.

Indiscriminate selling of guns too often ends up with guns in the hands of criminals or folks who get into fights in bars late at night, and end up going to their house or car to get their gun to “settle” an argument. Why should such events happen so frequently without any attempt to stop them?

Sensible gun regulation can alleviate indiscriminate killing and maiming. Carefully written legislation would not result in confiscation of legitimately obtained firearms.

Elliott Berenson

Chesterland

No shortage of ?the outlandish

I want to thank University of Akron professor Walter Hixson for sharing his views on Kent State professor Julio Pino (“Conducting a smear campaign,” Jan. 25).

While I do not know Pino and am not completely familiar with all of the facts surrounding this brouhaha, I appreciate Hixson’s suggestion that Republican candidates for president have engaged in equally “outlandish rhetoric.”

Apparently, threatening to subvert the U.S. Constitution is “true Americanism” while practicing the rights it guarantees, such as freedom of speech, constitute criminal behavior. Our Founding Fathers must surely be weeping in their graves.

Gwen Pulos

Akron

Ducking the ?tough issues

The Jan. 14 “People in the News” informs us that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty endorsed Ted Cruz because he can “make him a good duck gumbo.”

Is this an indication of what we have become? The level of mental, emotional and spiritual shallowness being flaunted for all the world to see and judge is astounding.

Either by design or through sheer stupidity and ignorance, America has managed to “uneducate” the progeny of the baby boomers.

If this is the best that America can do, then we can all see that there is plenty of work to do.

No. 1 should be reducing military spending, which has made a dangerous world, and, instead, spending that money on educating all Americans.

Any society that bestows indebtedness to Wall Street billionaires on its children and believes that is the only way to run an economy has fallen under the spell of the mass illusion that the only way to structure society is hierarchically, with a few being the boss of the many.

Mary L. Tabatcher

Mogadore