The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

April 15, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/15/12

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Shooting victim let down

Have we lost the word No in the English vocabulary? The American public is so worried about stepping on someone’s rights that a horrible tragedy was allowed to occur Sunday.

Yes, everyone has the right to bear arms according to the state and federal laws. And to the Bill of Rights. But what about common sense? What about moral rights?

I believe equal rights for all. And everyone should be treated the same. But in some instances the word No should be used. Isn’t it our purpose on Earth to care for and protect all people. Yet, we let him down.

Yes, mental illness is a disease. And there are different levels of severity. Yet, when it comes to the law, it’s all treated the same. Well it’s not the same. And the law should recognize this.

Everyone has the right to own a firearm I agree with this wholeheartedly. But if you see a man walking into oncoming traffic, do you stop him or say it’s his right. You stop him.

Same concept here. If one person had stepped up and said No, would we be debating this issue? I think not. We would still be hugging, loving and caring for him. Instead, we buried him.

Think about it. If one life is saved due to this tragedy all is not lost.

Be the one person to say No!


Kimberly Wood


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