LETTERS: Open carry law, defending Trump, present affairs, be BOLD

Reconsider open carry law after newspaper shooting

Based on Thursday’s shooting in Annapolis, Md., at the Capital Gazette, I am concerned for the safety of the employees and the multiple people that have been shot during this event.

There is no magical solution for these tragedies, but they can be prevented if the government would ban the law to openly carry arms. This can lead to a new approach in reducing the percentage of killings and death in our country.

According to statistics from Bob Anderson, the CDC’s chief of the mortality statistics branch at the health statistics center: “The fact that we are seeing increases in the firearm-related deaths after a long period where it has been stable is concerning.”

I believe there is more violence, shooting, killing and death in our county. This law makes it easier for people to carry guns in public. Since the open carry law was approved by the government, some people are not aware of this information that is provided to them before buying a weapon.

According to Ewen Callaway’s article on the New Scientist’s website, a study by Charles Branas of the University of Pennsylvania and his team “found that people who carried guns were 4.5 times as likely to be shot and 4.2 times as likely to get killed compared with unarmed citizens.” 

Gun owners need to follow the laws, rules and regulation to carry a firearm in public. The government needs to impose a stricter gun law for society to feel safe.

Cecilia Prado, Hidalgo

In defense of Trump, one rant deserves another

Thanks to Mr. Martinez for his response to my letter to the editor.

If Beto O’Rourke is or is not elected to office, my life will be changed very little. If North Korea continues on its present path, not just our local area but a large portion of the world could be affected. So any attempt to change this would be very important.

President Trump may fail with North Korea, but at least he is trying, that’s a lot more than our last president did. As far as immigrants on welfare, according to the Census Bureaus Survey of Income and Program Participation, 51 percent of immigrants (legal and illegal) reported using at least one welfare program. This is compared to 30 percent of native households.

This is self reporting by the immigrants, so one can assume a lot of immigrants did not report welfare benefits.

There are more sites that report a higher percentage of benefit use. How is this helping our country?

Thanks again to Mr. Martinez for responding to my ranting.

Albert Normandy, Edinburg

Focus on the present state of affairs

I enjoy reading the different opinions published here. However, recently I noticed certain people are instead being argumentative instead of opinionated

What Clinton, Bush, Obama or Nixon did is not relevant now; we need to focus on the present problems.

I have voted over 50 years and don’t need a politically slanted history lesson.

J.M. Newman, Mission

Calling on congressmen to be ‘BOLD’

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. For the 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and the 16 million caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, it is important that our elected officials make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act will strengthen our nation’s response to Alzheimer’s as a public health issue by creating an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure. Investing in a nationwide response will help create population-level change, achieve a higher quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and reduce associated costs. 

The Alzheimer’s Association calls on Congressman Vicente Gonzalez and Congressman Henry Cuellar to cosponsor the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. We are confident that with their support we will soon have a treatment or a cure. 

Cacie Waters, Alzheimer’s Association, San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

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