Veterans Support Ban on Assault Weapons, Trash and Cigarettes at Siesta Beach


Local Veterans Support Assault Weapons Ban

Once again, all my media devices lit up with another mass shooting story. This time it was a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Nearly 250 people have been killed in mass shootings so far this year, according to Gun Violence Archive. By the time this letter is published, there will likely be more.

Today I share my thoughts from my perspective as a combat injured veteran.

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How come you have to be 21 to buy liquor, cigarettes, and cigars, and yet you can buy an assault weapon at 18, at least in some states. What’s wrong here?

Assault weapons are well outside the borders and were non-existent at the time of the Second Amendment, which was drafted in an era of flintlock weapons.

The word “aggression” had not even entered the vernacular of arms. It would be in 1866 that the first “repeating rifle” would appear in America.

The word “aggression” will first appear in 1964, when the M16 was introduced as an assault weapon for the military.

I belong to several veterans organizations, including Florida Veterans for Common Sense. This organization is made up of veterans who know guns inside out, and those in it support the banning of assault weapons.

We strongly believe that these weapons should be reserved for serving law enforcement and serving military personnel.

David Taylor, Vietnam Veteran Wounded in Action, Bradenton

Vote only for gun control candidates

Achieving reasonable gun control at the state or federal level is really quite easy. Just become a single-stakes voter, like the “other guys” are.

Ignore everything a candidate has done or wants to do. Ignore his party. Just ask if he or she will support banning assault rifles, high capacity magazines, etc.

If the answer is “Yes”, vote for this candidate. No other issues matter this time.

We will elect 100% of the members of the United States House and 33% of the senators in November. With the right winners, we will easily pass laws that could save hundreds of lives next year.

I’m not a gun control freak. I own, or have owned, more rifles and shotguns than anyone you probably know. I enjoy shooting, hunting, any form of firearm use. But those AR-15 style rifles have no place in my world.

They are a crutch for budding gangbangers and vigilantes. We banned them once for 10 years, but then gave up.

Just this once, let’s upvote and fix this.

Richard Webb, Sarasota

Nothing will end the massacres except banning guns

On June 4, 2021, the Herald-Tribune published a letter we wrote: “Radical gun reform will end the killings.

The most important reform we suggested was to get rid of weapons whose sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible, as evidenced by the weekly and bloody massacres of the past year.

If we don’t take serious steps to rid our country of assault weapons, the killing of innocent children will never stop.

We don’t need a “militia”. We have a large army and police force to protect us.

Nobody else needs assault weapons. Make them illegal and institute a mandatory government buyout/confiscation program.

It’s the only way to stop the madness! Blathering on age restrictions, sanity, background checks, teacher “carrying”, etc., won’t solve the problem.

Our political representatives must act like sane adults and pass laws banning assault weapons. The blood of “pulverized, decapitated” children is on their hands.

Paul and Barbara Gerhardt, Sarasota

Politics without principle

I read in the Herald-Tribune on June 9 that Governor Ron DeSantis had signed into law a school safety bill.

This bill was approved by the Legislative Assembly in March. According to the story, “The governor, who guides when lawmakers send him bills, waited to receive the legislation until the day after the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed. been killed”.

How political is it that he waited to sign the day after a school shooting? »

That’s politics in action, folks!

Joanne and Roger Regensburg, Sarasota

Bad conditions at Siesta Beach

As a Sarasota resident, I am concerned about the conditions at Siesta Key Beach.

As a local gem and tourist attraction, I think there would be less litter and cigarette butts on the beach.

Parking is a nightmare! And the recent violence there is a different story (“Holiday Shooting on Siesta Key Sends 1 Woman to Hospital,” May 30).

I have been to beaches in Fort Myers and noticed that they charge for parking. Maybe it’s an idea so we can use those funds to clean up the area and possibly have it patrolled more frequently by law enforcement.

I feel like over the past few years Siesta has gone from being the best beach in the US to being the biggest ashtray and dump.

Alisa K. Zavala, Sarasota


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