You SAY: LETTERS To THE editor
On one hand, I am very sad about the children who were killed. On the other hand, I am so mad at the media for their coverage and how carelessly they used the word autism. There are so many people that already think people with autism are contagious, dangerous and violent, and have no place in society.
I do have a place, or I would not have been born. I am here for a reason. I have autism for a reason. Even though I can’t talk, I can do amazing things in my life.
Yes, sometimes people with autism have fits, mostly from frustration of not being able to talk. When we do we usually hurt ourselves as we get bigger, sometimes we hurt adults trying to help us. But that is always an accident. We don’t shoot kids, and most of us would not like how loud a gun is anyway. Too loud! I have autism, and I am not violent! Please, media, your words have consequences, and you need to be careful what you say.
Thoughts with Conn.
I’m Juan Thompson. I am 17 years old, and I attend Austin High School. I am in Boy Scouts currently at the Life rank and hoping to achieve my Eagle by the end of this year. I was reading your article on the Connecticut shooting. I had not heard of it until I saw it on your website. It is very sad that someone would do such a thing to innocent people. I was baffled to read such an event. Hopes and prayers go to the people who lost family or who has been affected strongly by this event.
Nation too violent
Re: Dec. 15 article, “Our hearts are broken today.”
Our country is in a seemingly endless spiral of neverending, stupid wars, and awash in guns and violence. If I had my way, the military would be brought home to go to work in our country, and all handguns and automatic weapons would be banned. Hunting rifles are fine; anything else is primarily for making it much easier to kill human beings.
We’re just saturated in war, guns and violence, and it’s doubtful that anyone in any kind of political leadership position is going to speak up and propose we might con- sider trying some different approaches to maintaining a more civil society. It’s personally embarrassing to me to be a citizen in a country where our major accomplishments are producing weapons, invading other countries and putting people in prison.
Re: Dec. 17 article, “Gunman carried hundreds of rounds.”
When is enough enough? Our Constitution guarantees us the right to bear arms, but the Supreme Court has agreed that there are exceptions. Just like you can’t yell “fire” in a theater. The Republicans and the NRA need to start facing reality. Let’s not forget our founding fathers used muskets and fired one shot at a time. I pray that Congress has the guts to outlaw the assault weapons, have background checks at gun shows, and update the process to purchase guns.
Leaders, get serious
As a mother and a grandmother, I am scared for the future of all children in the United States. (The) massacre in Newtown closely following an attempted massacre in Portland, Ore., has me begging our leaders to get serious about gun control. “Man up” and end your friendly relationship with the gun lobby. Our children and our country are depending on you.
Re: Dec. 16 article, “Unspeakable pain, but no answers.”
Mass murderers want big headlines, which promote further, similar crimes. We must teach children, particularly boys, broad empathy: evaluating thoughts, emotions and suffering of others and perceiving them. Boys and girls are very different, but our culture fails both, according to the works of Dr. Leonard Sax. When females think, there is much right-left brain connectivity, resulting in awareness of social implications. Males tend toward asocial and antisocial characteristics (rebellious, aggressive, risk-taking, uncaring), and their thinking is more left-sided, abstract, dogmatic.
“Us against them” thinking and pursuing humans’ fascination with violence and cruelties are natural but unethical. Unethical thoughts, sexual and/or violent, should feel shameful, disgusting, taboo — not tension-relieving, never entertaining.
Even in “normal” people, unethical thoughts reinforce unethical propensities: particularly men may act out their fantasies in extraneous circumstances, when isolated, enraged and/or drunk. Our moral center cannot handle multiple truths.
Speaking of ploys ...
Re: Dec. 17 commentary, “Right-to-work law just a ploy to hobble unions, Democrats.”
Barry Goldman claims rightto-work law is just a ploy. Since he also claims to have been in the streets of Lansing, Mich., protesting, I think his acting as a neutral third party in disputes is also a ploy. The Austin American-Statesman encourages email and faxes from readers. Please include a full name, address and daytime and evening phone numbers.We edit letters for brevity, grammar, style and clarity. Edited letters address a single idea and do not exceed 150 words.Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters become property of the Austin AmericanStatesman. Send emails to letters@ statesman.com. Mail to: Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 670,Austin,TX 78767.