• St. Louis Closet Co.
  • Washington U Ortho

Letters, Bullets, Bells & HB 1936

April 20, 2018
In our South County Times newspaper this week there are a series of letters staunchly defending the Second Amendment against the opinion of a letter writer published in last week's paper. That writer insisted the Amendment has outlived its original purposes. The letter writer charged that the broad interpretations of the Amendment actually endanger the citizenry of this country.

That position set pens firing responses.

There is, apparently, still a strong distrust of government, a belief that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to defend against government tyranny. Therefore, any move toward a nationwide registry or licensing of weapons is considered untenable.

I attended an event last weekend in which poets and panelists took on gun violence. Event coordinator Brian Clements is the husband of a Sandy Hook Elementary (Conn.) teacher who survived the December 2012 massacre of children and teachers. Clements recently edited an anthology of poems and commentary titled "Bullets into Bells."

So, yes, you know the side of this issue where I tend to hang my holster.

Clinical Research Center
The event coordinator told of a difficult conversation he recently had with his brother-in-law, the owner of many weapons in a household with youngsters. Included was a controversial assault-style weapon. The important thing, said Clements, was that they had a conversation and that they found some things on which they could agree.

He challenged us all to have these conversations to speak our own truths, but to listen and to learn. In finding places where we do agree, we might take small steps forward to make our communities safer places.

One area of broad agreement seems to be in bolstering resources for enforcement of current gun laws and of providing stronger oversight to prevent guns falling into the hands of persons with a history of abuse and into the hands of persons struggling with depression or other mental health issues. Increased public and private resources are needed to make these things happen.

"Suicides make up two-thirds of gun violence cases," said panelist Dr. Laurie Punch, a trauma surgeon.

Meanwhile, Missouri legislators seem less concerned about the health issues and more concerned about making sure the "good guys" with guns get to carry them into churches, bars, college campuses and dorms and day care centers with no restrictions at all. House Bill 1936 would remove the rights of institutions to restrict what patrons might be packing.

You can express your opinion on this bill by calling 573-217-4023. You need only to provide your address to be connected with the office of the state legislator who serves your district.

  • Lemcke Appliance
  • Mercantile Library
Recent Bitikofer
Ellington Chamber
Washington U Ortho
Barbara Balossi - KW
Ste. Genevieve 020218
  • Barbara Balossi - KW
Terms of Service | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | Security Policy | Refund Policy
Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. - copyright 2018
122 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 314-968-2699