Ci­vil­ity today is no virtue

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “When will the shoot­ings stop?” editorial, June 15

Calls for ci­vil­ity in the wake of the shoot­ing in Alexan­dria, Va., are be­side the point. The de­ranged will al­ways be with us. What is more to the point is to deny the de­ranged the means of car­ry­ing out their may­hem.

It would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to de­scribe the Repub­li­can health­care bill and their de­vi­ous and dis­hon­est way of avoid­ing scru­tiny in any­thing but the most un­civil terms. Giv­ing Pres­i­dent Trump the courtesy of ci­vil­ity would ob­fus­cate the true na­ture of his con­tempt for democ­racy.

Now is not the time for timid­ity in our dis­course. Charles Berezin

Los Angeles

While gun vi­o­lence is a le­git­i­mate con­cern, the se­ri­ous is­sue here is ha­tred — ha­tred fu­eled by politi­cians and, yes, me­dia cov­er­age that ac­cen­tu­ates the ex­tremes.

The slain gun­man could have just as eas­ily tossed a bomb over the park fence. In that event, The Times would have had to dis­cuss ha­tred and how the me­dia per­pe­trate it in­stead of its tired anti-gun rhetoric. Mike Post

Win­netka

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rightly said about the vic­tims, “These were our sis­ters and brothers in the line of fire.”

Yet on the same day as the shoot­ing in Vir­ginia, four peo­ple were shot dead in San Fran­cisco.They were also our sis­ters and brothers, yet they were treated as sim­ply more ca­su­al­ties caused by the avail­abil­ity of guns in our coun­try.

The Na­tional Ri­fle Assn. is cur­rently push­ing two bills to le­gal­ize si­lencers and push down state con­cealed carry laws to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor. Per­haps it is time for the Amer­i­can peo­ple, in the face of this un­fold­ing daily hor­ror, to call on the Repub­li­can Congress to dis­tance it­self from the NRA. Al­fred Sils

Wood­land Hills

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