Out­rage over slay­ings

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

The Times’ let­ter writ­ers have had enough.

In re­sponse to the shoot­ing Wed­nes­day in Charleston, S.C., that left nine peo­ple at­tend­ing a prayer meet­ing dead, there have been no calls from read­ers for the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion to run its course be­fore jump­ing to con­clu­sions, no plead­ing for calm, no cau­tion­ing against point­ing fin­gers. Only a few read­ers have ad­dressed racism as a mo­tive of the gun­man.

What read­ers have ex­pressed is out­rage; many take aim at the Na­tional Ri­fle Assn. Af­ter a string of mass shoot­ings over the last sev­eral years, there’s a sense among our let­ter writ­ers of hope­less­ness that the vi­o­lence will ever end.

— Paul Thorn­ton, letters editor Glendale res­i­dent Joe Bonino sin­gles out the NRA:

Enough is enough! When is this coun­try go­ing to find within it­self enough gump­tion to stand up to the NRA’s in­flu­ence, which has turned the United States into the most vi­o­lent, homi­ci­dal coun­try in the de­vel­oped world?

And when is this coun­try go­ing to come to grips with the fact that we have a Su- preme Court that has wildly mis­con­strued the 2nd Amend­ment to aid and abet the NRA’s greedy mis­chief?

I was raised in the 1950s, when as kids we were taught to “duck and cover” in the vain at­tempt to sur­vive a nu­clear at­tack. How ironic that we now re­ally have to look over our shoul­ders and duck and cover in schools, the­aters and churches lest we get blown away by some gun-tot­ing crazy per­son. Car­lie Harris of Har­bor City ad­dresses Pres­i­dent Obama:

Mr. Pres­i­dent, you said you are tired of mak­ing com­ments af­ter a mas­sacre such as the vi­o­lence in Charleston. My ad­vice is for you to draft a per­ma­nent com­men­tary, where you only have to change the lo­cale, that can be used over and over again.

In our ugly gun cul­ture, the NRA has far too many of our politi­cians in its pock­ets. It is only a mat­ter of time that the na­tion will ex­pe­ri­ence this ug­li­ness again. Bob Guar­rera of La­guna Niguel tells Democrats to look in the mir­ror:

In a let­ter pub­lished Fri­day, one reader blames the Repub­li­can Party for nur­tur­ing the “seeds of the lock and load so­ci­ety” cre­ated by the NRA.

Democrats, who had con­trol of the White House and Congress for two years, could have done some­thing if they wanted to. They did noth­ing. Ven­tura res­i­dent Mary Foster scolds the media:

It’s high time this coun­try made strict laws against the media sen­sa­tion­al­iz­ing and bring­ing wide­spread at­ten­tion to these heinous mass mur­der­ers, who are drawn to act­ing on their twisted vi­sions in part be­cause they are as­sured in­stant fame and a na­tion­wide fo­rum for their ut­terly hate­ful and of­ten racist views.

Cer­tainly read­ers clamor for in­for­ma­tion, and The Times’ Fri­day pa­per car­ried two front-page sto­ries on the church mas­sacre. But laws could pro­tect the public from it­self and save many in­no­cent lives in the process.

Photo pro­vided by Berke­ley County, S.C.

DY­LANN ROOF is charged with mur­der in the shoot­ing deaths of nine peo­ple in Charleston, S.C.

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