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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 08, 2017 1:00 am

Letters to the editor

Strengthen laws on gun permitting

The Indiana legislature is studying whether  to get rid of the permitting process in Indiana for an adult to legally carry a gun in public.

The proponents of permitless carry point to data that murder rates did not go up in states that have permitless carry laws. But it isn't the “bad guys with guns” we should be worried about. It's the careless “good” guys. Like the good guy in the Fort Wayne YMCA in 2014 who shot himself in the chin while mishandling his gun in his gym bag. Or the good guy in the local Wal Mart in 2013 whose gun fell out of his holster and discharged (thankfully missing other customers). A woman at a Columbus, Indiana, Wal Mart was not so lucky. In June 2014 she got shot in the arm by another good guy's dropped gun.

According to the Trace, from Jan. 1  to Sept. 11, 71 people have been accidentally shot at businesses in the U.S. As more “good guys” carry guns in public places, the result is not more public safety but more guns in public places.

The mechanical function of a gun is to kill and injure living things; they are inherently dangerous objects. As more people carry guns, there is more chance for carelessness with them – in public. In Fort Wayne alone, loaded guns have been left unattended in public restrooms, fitting rooms, locker rooms and even on a baby-changing table.

The Indiana legislature should not strip away the safeguards afforded by the current permitting process. If anything, this process should be strengthened. Indiana should require a safety class be taken before issuing someone a lifetime permit to carry guns in public.

Martha M. Lemert

Fort Wayne

A fair time ruined is a doggone shame

I would like to thank the sponsors and coordinators of the Bluffton Street Fair for providing a pleasant day for four generations of my family. Unfortunately, I cannot.

After walking through the merchants' tent and down the food alley, we were stopped at a large sawhorse by a guard sitting on the grass and told we would not be allowed to enter and must leave immediately. As we were returning to our cars, lamenting the loss of what had promised to be a lovely day, we were accosted by another guard and again told we must leave – now.

I was in violation of a new rule; one not mentioned on the fair's website or on the posters advertising a good time for families, or known by any of the three Bluffton residents in our group. At the end of a leash was the cause of all this concern, an intimidating threat to public health and safety in the form of an 8-pound Shih Tzu.

Citizens of Bluffton and fair-goers everywhere may move about in safety, secure in the knowledge that there are guards ready and willing to protect you from three senior-citizen women, two mothers pushing toddlers in strollers and, most especially, one timid, four-legged hairball.

Diane Cook

Fort Wayne

Inferior workmanship in road repairs

I am curious how INDOT approves road-repair contracts. I travel the federal highway U.S. 24 many times a week. Indiana just added 10 cents per gallon of gas to help with road repair. I have watched a stretch of the highway patched using a “chip-and-seal” method in the last two or three weeks. It is already breaking down. I have also noticed a few areas that are concrete being repaired, and the edges are not smooth transitions to the patches. Why are our road tax dollars being spent on inferior workmanship? Why this is permitted to happen and what will change for the repairs?

Daniel G. Miller

Antwerp, Ohio

Single-issue protesters need different venue

The NFL players who boldly face outrage, approbation and condemnation to stand for a cause they see as noble are not bad people. They are protesting what they see as bad. Their good intentions, however, are not achieving good results. They are not attracting many to their view. They get some support, but much is out of brotherhood among teammates and friends, not adherence to their views.

There are those who like to see a divided America. During the 2016 election, Russia purchased Facebook time. They gave support to both sides of contentious issues, such as Black Lives Matter, immigration, gay rights and gun control. Their goal was to stir up more controversy and infighting, destabilizing a united USA. In troubled times, we need union, not division.

Just as dishonoring the cross would not be a good way to protest something you disagreed with within a church organization, it is also wrong for single-issue adherents to dishonor the comparable entity found in the flag of our country. The flag embodies all our goals, loves, history, heroes, hopes, prayers and much more. They should find some more honorable and acceptable way to voice their concerns as indeed they have a right to do.

We must hope for an acceptable solution that will satisfy all and calm this divisive problem and provide a vibrant, entertaining NFL that also loves our country with all its facets.

Paul Reszel

Fort Wayne

Stand in reverence to our past, future

There are more than a million reasons why I stand when the national anthem is played or the flag passes by in a parade.

I stand in memory of the50,000 men and women killed or wounded during the American Revolution, those individuals who chose freedom over tyranny. I stand for the 646,392 Americans who gave their lives or were wounded during the Civil War, fighting for freedom from tyranny. I stand for the 320,518 men and women who died or were wounded during World War I, fighting against tyranny. I stand for the 1,076,245 men and women who died or were wounded during WWII fighting against tyranny. I stand for the 128,650 men and women who died or were wounded fighting against an aggressive, communist North Korean attempt to take over the South. I stand for all the men and women who died or were wounded in Vietnam in an attempt to still the aggression of another communist country. I stand for the 57,614 men and women who were killed or wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting to keep our country safe. I stand for every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine who died or was wounded in the little wars that constantly flare up in the world, those places no one hears about but are important nonetheless.

Most importantly, though, I stand for an ideal. I stand for a single idea that we as a nation have seem to have forgotten. That idea is the thought that we are a living, growing nation. Even after more than 200 years, we are still striving for perfection. I stand not for what we are, but for what we are striving, for the future and the ideal that we are one nation, under God, indivisible.

Alan Conrad

Fort Wayne