Keep gun laws

I grew up at a time when there were gun clubs, competitive rifle teams and an NRA that was not political but was educational and very much in favor of gun safety. I was the only female competitive shooter in Summit County. Now, I wouldn’t become a member of the NRA again if they offered me a million bucks.

The educated fools who are trying to drop all the gun laws in this state are only asking for trouble. Just once they need to try to protect themselves with a gun and no training. Too many people have watched too many Western movies and think that aiming a gun is easy.

Without training, a person using a holster couldn’t draw a gun quick enough to do anything but shoot himself in the foot. And women have a tendency to carry everything in their purses. If they can’t find their keys, what makes them think they can find a handgun in time to protect themselves?

And what about people with kids? If you put a gun away where kids can’t access it, you don’t have enough time to get it out and load it in time for an emergency. So, what’s more important, your supposed gun rights or your child’s life?

So, one more question for those politicians who are not only in favor of lack of gun control but against any type of abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Why are you supposedly protecting babies' right to life if you’re only going to leave them open to slaughter later on like piglets in a barnyard? Lack of training and gun control will do that. Try being the grown-ups that your birth certificate says you’re supposed to be.

Pat Sprague, Akron

 

Litter takes over

I have spent the majority of my career of over 30 years in the coal business. Over the past two decades the industry has been attacked and blamed for a myriad of ecological woes to the point where it will likely all but disappear in my lifetime. Think what you may. I, however, have never thrown my trash out of my car window.

From what I have observed lately, an increasing number of you have done this and continue to do so. I have traveled to several of the national parks over the past few years and I am disgusted and increasingly alarmed by the amount of trash people leave behind.

Do you not care what it looks like to have roads, highways and scenic areas covered with filth like fast food containers, plastic bags and bottles? Do we not enforce our anti-littering laws anymore? Do we not teach our children to clean up after themselves anymore?

Those of you who hate the coal industry can pat yourselves on the back. You have won. It will be a hollow victory though because everything will be covered with your trash.

Ken Peace, Wadsworth

 

Facebook and reality

Regarding Facebook, people are delusional about what friends really are. A “like” or comment does not make a friendship.

It’s absolutely possible to lose your reality and common sense by obsessing on Facebook.

I’ve weaned away from it and get so much more accomplished every day. I know who my friends are. They are the ones who call and the ones I have lunch with. They are real.

Don’t get lost in Facebook. It’s not “real.”

Heidi Gray, Cuyahoga Falls