Gun debate

Arming schoolteachers only makes sense if we are assured they would correctly use their firearms all the time and have no accidents at all.

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published research showing that gun accidents in the United States decline significantly when NRA members attend large meetings, and these members are supposedly experts in the use of firearms.

If we arm 500,000 teachers at an estimated cost of $50 million or more for weapons and training, we can predict that nearly all will never get the opportunity to use them in school defense.

However, we can predict from statistical research that injuries and perhaps deaths from accidents will certainly occur.

David Hurwitz

Teen survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting are heartening in their determination to make a difference.

The NRA is equally determined not to lose out on more gun sales. Republicans sold their souls a long time ago to the NRA.

There is no doubt that banning military-style assault weapons from our streets, stronger background checks, banning gun-show loopholes and having better mental healthcare are effective in reducing mass shootings.

Forget it! The Republicans on the hill have already said forget about banning AR-15s or raising the age for gun ownership.

You are mistaken if you think the current Republicans are guided by what’s best for the country. A vote for Republicans is a vote for the NRA.

The only way change will happen is to vote the bums out. Please vote on June 6.

Marcy Tamayei
Agoura Hills

As if there has not been enough pain and bloodshed in the news, the readers of our local community Acorn are showed a grossly inappropriate and banal cartoon depicting an assumed dead shooter.

Acorn editor, really?

I, for one, would like no more “cartoons” from the cartoonist Bill Stanford.

Bryan Ryles
Westlake Village

The debate over gun control versus gun rights has been perverted beyond belief.

This conflict has absolutely nothing to do with the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Anyone who knows anything about the history of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights knows that the Second Amendment was about citizens having the right to bear arms and confront an oppressive government, as the colonists did against the British.

The two opposing sides in the gun debate continue to apply the wrong justification to a longstanding right that is guaranteed by the Constitution.

The current debate should instead be about the First Amendment and the individual rights it guarantees to all citizens. The bottom line is that we all have “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” so the right to own a weapon is clearly protected by the Constitution.

While we can argue over the kinds of weapons we own and how any weapon should or should not be allowed or controlled, both sides need to stop using the Second Amendment to support their respective positions on weapons’ ownership and control.

Brian J. Goldenfeld
Woodland Hills

Beetles and sycamores may be one thing, but a more numerous species in Oak Park and Agoura is being decimated by a plague.

Our birch trees are dead or dying because of an unpreventable and untreatable disease. One source tells me the disease is called zylella fastidiosa.

This plague is attacking cash crops like grapes. Experiments are being conducted to deal with it in those situations. But I haven’t found any reference to efforts on behalf of our birch trees.

As I drive down my street, the majority of lots have birches and they’re nearly all gone.

I wrote to one of the arborists who advertised in The Acorn quite some time ago, but there was no response.

If anyone knows of a way to combat this plague, please let the rest of us know.

Glen Wilcox
Oak Park