Letters to the Editor – Guns, Dallas Taxes, Legal Principles, Church and State Issues

Targeting the Means of Crime

When are we going to realize that there is no defense against high powered military style rifles? Your own rifle can’t defend you against a rooftop sniper like in Highland Park, Illinois. The security guard at the beloved grocery store can’t defend you, no matter how brave, like in Buffalo. The police cannot defend you when they arrive, weapons drawn in stride; and sometimes they don’t defend you, as it seems to be the case in Uvalde.

Conservative policymakers want us to focus on the expediency of mass shooting crime (harden targets). They want us to focus on the motive (untreated mental illness, violent video games, or lack of prayer in schools). But when are we going to focus on the means of these horrific crimes – the cursed weapon itself?

When Australia banned military-style rifles in 1996, mass shootings ceased for a decade. When New Zealand banned semi-automatic weapons in 2019, the mass shootings stopped. And when our country banned these weapons in 1994, the mass shootings dropped precipitously. They increased again in 2004 when the ban was lifted.

Without these weapons, every harrowing mass shooting from Columbine would have been a pathetic fantasy.

John FullinwiderDallas

Cut inefficient capital

Re: “County Tax Office Traffic Jam – Car Sales Rise, Understaffed, Software Glitches Clog Document Highway,” Monday’s article.

Another good reason to go ahead and eliminate the need for annual registration. I believe the only reason registration exists is to make money from citizens. I never felt an increase in quality of life because my friend’s truck was reregistered with the county.

Let’s continue to have Texans inspect their vehicles at gas stations to meet our state and safety standards and put the fee here to fund our highway and highway programs. If they need to notify the county of the inspection, make it an online submission process. This reduces redundant human capital needed on an inefficient system and saves taxpayers money.

William Dominguez, Richardson

A door of hope opens

Subject: “Victory for Democracy”, by Eddie Hyatt, Letters of June 28.

Last week, the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson struck down what for 50 years had been a women’s constitutional right to control their own bodies. Another letter to this newspaper hailed the decision as a “victory for democracy” because it put the issue of abortion rights “back in the hands of ‘we the people,’ where it belongs and where our founders wanted it”.

This misinterprets our constitutional democracy. An earlier decision cited by Dobbs explained: “The very purpose of a bill of rights was to remove certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied. . by the courts”.

The day before Dobbs, the Supreme Court in the Bruen case unfortunately invoked this principle to keep New York’s reasonable handgun regulations on the streets of Manhattan. This was prohibited by the “full command” of the Second Amendment. This principle should have saved the gutted law in Dobbs. This was not the case.

But, unlike Bruen’s decision on gun ‘rights’, Dobbs at least leaves the door open for Americans to claim a woman’s right to control her own body, state by state, if we sign up and let’s vote!

Ken Carroll, Far North Dallas

The selective tolerance of the Court

The Supreme Court’s opinion on the praying coach on the pitch definitely tangles the issue of separation of church and state. The article read: “The majority opinion of the Supreme Court pointed out that the coach’s prayer came after the game was over and at a time when he was not responsible for the students and was free to do other stuff.”

Coaches from public and private schools and colleges that I have known have responsibilities for the team until they return to their home school and are released to go. Thus, praying on the pitch after the game would imply responsible time for the players.

Dissenting Judge Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that “some students said they joined Kennedy’s prayer because they felt social pressure to follow their coach and teammates.”

Any player knows that coaches are acutely aware of the responses and reactions of their athletes. Interestingly, in defense, Judge Neil Gorsuch noted that “the Constitution and the best of our traditions combine mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and repression, for religious and non-religious views”.

Unfortunately, the court shows little willingness to apply these same guiding principles when deciding other cases this term.

VC Patterson, Carrollton

Our descendants are doomed

How can members of the Supreme Court look at the faces of their children or grandchildren and be proud to have endorsed the continued assault on the environment? In fewer years than we know, decisions made today on the basis of politics and profit will doom the survival of our descendants.

Cynthia Stock, garland

Underrepresented power

I attended the Abortion Rights Rally at Dallas City Hall on June 29th. How sad I was to see The Dallas Morning News focus on clashes between demonstrators. There were three men who were anti-abortion protesters. There were thousands of women, men and children protesting the overthrow of Roe and the extreme policies in Texas. Passion and activism were powerful. The three white men were not.

Marsha Brito, Dallas/Oak Cliff

The creativity of letter writers abounds

Subject: “When the Wind Does Not Blow,” by Clifford and Alice R. Holliday, Monday Letters.

How I love to read letters from the readers! It’s always a column that I read verbatim. When I saw this letter regarding forms of renewable energy versus transmission lines, I actually smiled, knowing that I would soon see creatively written informed responses to what seemed like a rather platform questionable. I can hardly wait for the response letters!

Dan Siculan, town of Royse

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