LETTERS: Gun control laws wanted; Finding blame; History forgot Battle of Medina

Gun control laws wanted

Gun control and crime control: these two go together like peas in a pod. We have to have a commonsense law as to who owns a handgun and apply responsibility to gun owners.

The original owner must pass a background check before he/she is able to purchase the firearm. Where does the handgun go once the owner sells it, gives it away, buys it for a family member under his name?

This is a major problem in gun control because once it leaves the original owner, who knows in whose hands it will end up? And that needs to be looked at when it comes to gun control.

How many crimes have been committed by these actions?

We can cut firearm crime by making sure a background check must be taken and passed before the handgun leaves the original owner.

Is this a burden? No. It saves lives. Can we put a price on a life?

Now, what about crime control? Most criminals have a long rap sheet of crimes committed and many are given a first, second, third, fourth chance to change their life around. That needs to stop.

Habitual criminals will not change their ways and need to be put away from society. Releasing criminals into society does not make them any less lethal. Most come back after committing a crime the same day or days after being released. That needs to change.

Rafael Madrigal


Finding blame

An open letter to President Donald J. Trump: As a proud first-generation immigrant and grandchild of a family that fled Poland and Russia, who entered via Mexico since the United States had a ban on all Jewish asylum seekers — sound familiar Mr. Trump? — I believe you are putting American and global Jewish communities in immediate danger when you stir up your base of “charming” groups like neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the KKK, etc.

I do not believe your IQ is so low that you do not realize that claiming Jews are disloyal, that we are not full Americans, is a centuries-old anti-Semitic trope designed to isolate and endanger Jewish people.

For the rest of my family who were not able to flee and for eternity lie in mass graves in Poland, I do not have the luxury to remain silent in the face of pure, calculated hate.

I know who mainstreamed anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that motivated the shooters in Pittsburgh and Poway: you, Mr. Trump. I know who incites violence against Jews, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, people with disabilities, Latinas/os, women, LGBTQ communities, indigenous nations and so many more: you, Mr. Trump. I know who puts children in cages, separates infants from their parents and denies due process for asylum seekers: you, Mr. Trump.

I am loyal to humanity: welcoming immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers, no children in cages, no families separated. I am loyal to the promise of this country — a vibrant democracy where equality and justice for all are not just words, but the very essence of my soul.

History is taking notes, and the entire world is watching. They will not be kind on your legacy.

Alan Fiszman


History forgot Battle of Medina

Texas history has long forgotten the Battle of Medina, that was fought 30 miles south west of San Antonio on Aug 18, 1813, 23 years before the Battle of the Alamo. The army of 1,400 Texans, Tejanos, Indians and free blacks of the Gutierrez-McGee military expedition were soundly defeated by the 1,800-man Spanish army under the command of General Joaquin Arredondo, often known as The Butcher.

Only 100 soldiers survived the battle to tell the story. A young 19-yar-old, 2nd Lt. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, would always remember the lessons of his commander on how to deal with rebels.

On Aug 17, 2019, battlefield reenactors gathered at the approximate battle site to honor and remember the bravery and courage of those 1,400-man Texas army that was the first to fight and die for Texas independence.

Jack Ayoub


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