Gary Mike McConnell, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret)
NRA game NOT ‘violent’
This letter is in response to Charles Thompson’s letter in the Index about the NRA being hypocrites. He says that the NRA released a violent shooting video game, which is not true. They released a 3D target practice app for the IPAD, which features targets to shoot at, not silhouettes, or people, but targets. One chooses a firearm, and shoots at targets on a gun range. The app teaches gun safety and is in no way violent.
This is another knee-jerk response to a tragedy. There are two things I do not believe in, one is using the deaths of children to further an agenda, and the other is trampling on rights of U.S. citizens.
Charles Aaron Tirrell, Mineral Wells
Making the Life of Dictators of the United States Simple and Unthreatened
The constitution of the United States has an amendment which prohibits the infringement of a right to keep and bear arms. The reasoning and motivation for this amendment is obvious. Our forefathers and founding fathers had just completed a long and exhausting war for independence from a despotic government and felt compelled to declare and preserve the right of the people of the United States the practical ability to rebel against and replace any such government which might be established in the future.
It is not practical to oppose 50-caliber machine guns with shotguns and .22 caliber rifles. To be practical the public must be free to keep and bear arms equal to those used by the government. Those who now propose to prohibit so called assault weapons from private ownership are subverting the very heart of the Constitution which is the only real check on the ambitions of a would-be dictator.