LETTERS: Wall won’t make us safe; Issue taken with letter; Reclassify assault guns

Wall won’t make us safe

I’ve heard many people on TV and heard them in person say we will never be safe until we have border security. Security from what? Did the gunmen in El Paso and Ohio come from south of the border and commit mass shootings? Was one of the gunman from his own state of Ohio who killed his own sister in a senseless shooting? Did the gunman in El Paso cross the river to commit the mass shooting at the Walmart, or did he drive down from Dallas to do that hate crime?

This is one of the biggest lies that a racist president is using to strike fear in America. Because if we as Americans wanted to secure the border, why not build it all around this country like the Berlin Wall?

Maybe El Paso should have built a wall to keep out the real danger: white supremacists.

What a mockery this president is creating. What was a great quote that once was made by a U.S. president? “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I believe we need to fear this president and what he stands for and what has come out of the woodworks by his ignorant rants. This country was known as the Land of the Free, not the Land of the Oppressed, as Mr. Trump has started to make this country to become.

Jesus Rodriguez 

Elsa

Issue taken with letter

I read Jake Longoria’s letter in the Monitor on Sept. 15 and it was refreshing to know he takes on the Democratic Party’s marred history. I’m also proud we live in a country where we can voice our opinions freely. There is no harm in exercising your right to free speech.

However, the danger doesn’t lie in what we don’t know. The danger lies in what we think we know that just ain’t so!

This historical account of the Democratic Party is a bit off. In fact, it’s missing a very important part. One that I find many on the right, including pundits in staterun media outlets like Fox News, miss every time. In fact, the letter smacks of the same rhetoric.

Misinformation is dangerous, Mr. Longoria. And your letter spreads it as fast as Trump’s tweets. I only pray your letter doesn’t have the same violence-inducing effect.

Please allow me to clarify a few things: Wikipedia defines “Dixiecrats” as a short-lived, segregationist Democratic Party of 1948. While it states it was dissolved the same year it was founded, it fails to mention that many Dixiecrats moved to the Republican Party afterward and took with them the same segregationist ideals.

When Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he should’ve been elated, but he was said to look melancholy before he said, “I think we just turned the south over to the Republicans for a long time to come.” The defections came soon after as a political tsunami.

So for you to say what you said is not only incorrect but irresponsible. “Democrats want Slaves” is the title of your letter. And your letter cannot be further from the truth. Many switched sides and are still there. And for you to say that Democrats favor Jim Crowe laws is insane. My only hope is that you do some research and realize those ideas are not your own.

Phillip Garcia

McAllen

Reclassify assault guns

Quoting the governor of the state of Texas: “I am heartbroken by the crying of the people in the state of Texas. I am tired of the dying. … The status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed.”

I challenge the governor to take action and have AR-style rifles and other weapons of warfare to be classified the same as automatic machine guns.

The federal National Firearms Act, last amended in 1986, regulates fully automatic weapons, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices such as bombs or grenades. It complies with the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment’s “well-regulated” text.

If the governor is serious that “action is needed,” he will sponsor legislation in the state of Texas to reclassify these weapons of warfare under the same regulations that govern automatic weapons, and he will lead a national effort to have the National Firearms Act amended.

Michael Dennis

Castle Rock, Colo.

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