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Guns can curb violence
I feel I must respond to the July 23 story Gun control hard sell in U.S. Implicit in the piece is that gun control would be a positive step in the curbing of such incidents, when data suggest the opposite is true.
He points to a number of tragic shooting incidents in the past, including the recent one in Colorado, and says that "control advocates seem powerless, in the face of public opinion and the National Rifle Association."
At no point does he note that public opinion may be in response to facts that demonstrate the right to carry a concealed weapon has a positive impact on violent crime. According to John Lott, a noted researcher on the subject, after states institute concealed carry legislation, violent crime decreases.
Let's consider two scenarios regarding this latest incident. In the first scenario, there are strict rules about who can purchase a gun. Would that have prevented this tragedy? We all know the answer is no, given the recent (and not so recent) shootings in Toronto involving handguns.
Strict legislation has done little to curb the handgun violence in Canada, even though such legislation has been around since before the Second World War.
Now let's consider a second scenario. A person in the theatre has a handgun. The young man enters the theatre and begin shooting people at random. This person with the concealed handgun pulls his weapon and shoots the young man. How many lives would have been saved? Certainly some.
If you think this is an unbelievable scenario, consider the senior citizen in Florida last month. When two young men entered a café brandishing a handgun and baseball bat, the senior did exactly what I described in the second scenario.
He pulled his weapon and shot the two intruders. How many patrons were injured by these two young men? None. End of story.
JAMES W. THACKER
Americans, it appears to me, talk, talk, talk or eat, eat, eat or shoot, shoot, shoot. Then a panel of experts discusses talking, eating and shooting to fill the daily quota of breaking news, when all they had to do is to remember the good old days when America was great, with grandma baking apple pie, Sarah Palin-style, and minding her heed: "Don't take your gun to town, son!"
The insensitivity displayed by the Free Press in publishing the July 21 front-page picture of the distressed grieving family members of victims of the shooting at a Colorado theatre is absolutely disgusting.
Excellent health care
Many times we read about poor and inadequate health care. I would like to counter that sentiment with a positive story. About a month ago, I had a stent put into a heart artery. The procedure happened at the St. Boniface Hospital, and I have nothing but praise for the excellent health care and education I received. All of the staff, orderlies, cleaning staff, and right up to the doctors, looked after me as if I were the only patient there.
Their care was knowledgeable, and compassionate and delivered with efficiency and good humour. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the excellent care. Keep up the good work. We have an excellent health-care system in our country, not to be taken for granted.
The article Outrage over Kenney's tweet (July 21) is odd. Criminals must be dealt with irrespective of their race, national or ethnic origin, or colour. Our interest in a non-citizen criminal's nation of origin is to establish a deportation destination.
A remark about "foreign gangsters" doesn't stigmatize any particular national or ethnic group. The term "Caribbean" signifies several distinct nationalities. The perpetrator(s) of the Toronto shooting cannot be members of them all.
Members of the racism industry are self-serving and thrive on creating social unrest by trumpeting faux indignation whenever a person from a protected group is accused of a crime.
When they interfere with our criminal justice system, they are no more than politically correct racists protecting criminals from justice. They turn protection from discrimination into a club to beat society with to pursue a politically correct agenda. Enough.
Two minutes, over easy
Re: Kinder Eggs (One to Watch, July 21) The U.S. border people should be egged on to find a kinder, softer way.
Failure to communicate
After reading Nursing faculty wants English test (July 21), my wife and I couldn't help but comment that maybe the University of Manitoba should use the same test before hiring all its staff.
After listening to our three children complain at various times that they could not understand much of the oral English of the professors they paid fees to be taught by, it seems that the same English test of all the staff would benefit all students.
While the professors may be experts in their field, just what use is that if they cannot communicate it to their students? How disappointing it is for first-year students to show up excited to be starting their university career only to be confronted by a professor who cannot easily communicate in either of Canada's official languages.
ROBERT J. SALES
Legacy of planning
Re: CEOs see need to bolster aboriginal say in natural resource development (July 16). Having Canada's First Nations involved in natural-resource planning is not new, but it is not widely known either.
First Nations people have been involved in successful joint ventures in forestry planning across the country. For instance, Isaak Forest Products in British Columbia, a wholly First Nations-owned-and-operated company since 2005, started as a joint venture with Weyerhauser in 1998.
It's a shame it has taken the national and provincial governments this long to consider including the First Nations people in natural-resource planning, since it was the First Nations people who had successfully, and sustainably, managed this landscape long before we arrived to foul it up.