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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bombs don't kill either, on their own
Re: what Jerry Schleifer says in his letter ("Bombs don't kill people . . . ," April 21), let me just say this: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. You can take a gun and lay it on a table in the middle of the room with people around it. Nobody touches it, and guess what? It isn't going to grow little hands and feet and stand up and shoot somebody. Someone has to pick up the gun, aim it and pull the trigger.
That is just like with the bombs. It takes a person to make and detonate a bomb to make it explode. It won't do it by itself.
So yeah, bombs don't kill people; the people who make and detonate bombs kill people.
Schleifer might as well blame cars for drunken driving, and pencils for spelling mistakes.
Guns don't kill people. Guns save lives. If our gun rights and our guns were to be taken away, does anyone think it would stop criminals from attaining them? No. They would still be able to get them from the black markets.
Cyclists in need of lanes of their own
OK, so pedestrians don't want us on the greenways, and the cars and rangers don't want us on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
There is an extreme lack of bike lanes in town.
Where, then, would you have us ride?
DONNA L. MITCHELL
Candidate Christley gives to community
The Roanoke Times' definition of Windsor Hills Board of Supervisor candidate RoxAnne Christley as a stay-at-home mom ("Supervisor candidates define positions," April 26 news story) not only marginalized this dynamic woman, but deprived citizens of the essence of who she is.
Christley proudly admits she is a stay-at-home mother, but she is also a leader in her community. She worked for 11 years with the Virginia Department of Health educating and supporting mothers on breastfeeding, and continues to provide expertise through her business, Common Sense Breastfeeding.
She serves with her church in many community projects, including the Roanoke Rescue Mission, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Roanoke's Mission of Mercy dental program and the Red Cross.
She is an active member of the Roanoke County Republican Committee and president of the Roanoke Valley Republican Women's club.
She is an organized, motivated woman who gives of her time and efforts not only for the betterment of her family, but also her community. She is just what this county needs as a leader. She not only does the work, but inspires others to do it.
Her leadership and example are why I am voting for Christley, and I encourage you to do the same.
Gun-rights advocates are being naive
I'm so tired of hearing these gun-rights advocates and uninformed gun owners complain about someone trying to take their guns. Bologna! No one wants to take their guns, just to take guns off the streets that are of no use to the average gun owner.
And anyone who wants to own an assault rifle will say he is a collector.
Expanding background checks is supported by more than 70 percent of all people, and that includes National Rifle Association members. Do gun-rights advocates actually think the NRA gives a crap about their gun rights? They care about one thing. That's lining their pockets with advocates' money and industry money.
Not only do advocates need to wake up, they need to grow up.
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