Balance between rights and security makes gun policy extremely difficult


Watch the gun changes closely

When I was in high school, there were plenty of guns, but we didn’t have a school shoot. What changed?

Today my wife and I both own guns, as do relatives and friends – some even have AR-15s. To my knowledge, none of these firearms have ever been used outside of an authorized firing range. Nonetheless, based on what I read in your diary, some people believe that guns that rightfully belong to me, my relatives and friends should be confiscated because a mentally unstable person, about whom various law enforcement authorities were repeatedly warned (but ignored the warnings), committed an atrocity by killing and injuring students at a Florida school.

Reports surfaced that armed law enforcement officers were at the scene of the shooting, but did little or nothing to stop it. Additionally, it appears that the county and school district where this occurred were complicit in non-compliance and under-reporting of school crime in order to be eligible for a subsidy payable for reduced criminal activity.

If all of this is true, it seems there is a lot to consider here before suggesting that we remove legally owned firearms from US citizens.

Mike Mack, Cathedral City

Security in a police state

Video clips show French soldiers patrolling Jewish schools in France. This is because there have been attacks on these schools and the French have a zero tolerance policy to protect their children.

No one is against making schools safer, but arming volunteer teachers is, as local educators point out, the least effective way to protect our children.

If the federal government is serious about securing our schools, it will need to call on the military and state national guard to provide professional protection.

It is ironic that our government needs to protect us from unstable people ready to kill, rather than the belief of gun supporters who say they need guns to protect themselves from the federal government. It should also be borne in mind that patrolling schools and other vulnerable places with the military will turn America into a police state.

But that’s what we get for having more guns in America than people, as some estimates indicate.

Larry Shapiro, Rancho Mirage

Teachers need funds, not guns

Kudos to Coachella Valley Teachers Association President Carissa Carrera for stating what is really needed to quell the wave of violence in schools – better funding for teachers, reduced student-to-teacher ratios and more counselors. . (“Local educators reject the idea of ​​arming teachers”, March 1

As a seasoned high school teacher with 20 years of experience, three Teacher of the Year awards and many years as a mentor, I was definitely crippled by just one punch in the hallway of the school. after a brawl between students was already over at Summit High School. in 2012 by a student with a long history of violent behavior. The district did not, at that time, follow state law and notify me of the student’s previous violent behavior, and only began to do so after I returned public with the help of my union and forced the problem.

This horrific result could have been worse if I had had a gun that day. The student, in the heat of anger, could have overpowered me and grabbed the gun, using a bullet instead of his fist.

Don’t throw fuel on the fire by adding weapons to the mix in struggling schools.

Melissa Labayog, La Quinta


Mueller deserves a seat on the board

I vote for Robert Mueller for the Rancho Mirage city council.

I think Mueller’s business track record and love for the desire to move Rancho Mirage in a more citizen and visitor / tourist friendly direction makes him qualified.

I keep wondering how Rancho Mirage will come up with a plan to address the over $ 60 million surplus in its coffers. Also, the traffic is fast and at times dangerous for cyclists and walkers along Da Vall Drive where I live. The CV link will be sent to Rancho Mirage as soon as someone is killed in Rancho Mirage while walking or cycling along Da Vall or another street in our beautiful town.

I think Mueller is open to a more in-depth discussion of CV Link or a way to protect riders and runners, unlike some of the incumbents he’s coming up against.

Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage

Is the $ 17 Million Trail Cooling Down?

I see that Congress is not about to reveal where, why, by whom and to whom, and for what, its “slush fund” of harassment is or was being used.

As usual, give any political hot potato time and it will be uncovered or conveniently covered up. Letting the Congressional ethics committee investigate is like giving the fox responsibility for the henhouse; or worse bury it in the depths of the abyss!

Deputy Raul Ruiz, what are you doing to get to the bottom of this question? Your constituents are waiting.

Ron Pregmon, Indio

End of DIY clock ritual

Once again, we are approaching the biannual ceremony of moving our clocks between savings and standard time.

Everyone I know agrees that this outdated exercise needs to stop, but we continue to experience this ridiculous inconvenience twice a year. Why? Our legislators, both state and federal, are deaf to the voices of the people they are meant to represent.

Of course, this is a relatively minor issue compared to anything that calls for legislation. But this is a good example of the insensitivity of our politicians to the people who put them in place.

By the way, why our lawmakers will not act on this has nothing to do with farmers or when school starts.

Rick Fearns, Palm Springs

Incorrigible electoral interference

I have heard too much about whether Russia participated in the American elections. How can there be any doubt?

They weren’t always successful or secretive, but one need only look at the list of countries where they intervened or even sent military forces to change the model of government.

Vietnam, Cuba, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Zaire, Sinai, Afghanistan, Grenada, Iraq and many others.

Whoops! Sorry. It wasn’t Russia; it was the United States.

James E. Bie, Palm Desert

Dismissals and teacher priorities

I’m sure there are schools all over California with licensed teachers. I don’t think I am far off when I say that a vast majority of all cities in California are “broke” and underfunded.

So I ask the question: “Why is this high speed train moving?”

With all the billions that have been spent and the billions more that will be spent, why can’t this money just be diverted to schools?

It’s not that hard to do, it’s just another accounting maneuver. Done all the time, which is probably why many cities are broke to begin with.

Jim Meyer, La Quinta

Refuse the Oscars

The 20% drop in Oscar viewing this year, corresponding to a low of 35 years, was unrelated to a lack of “box office muscle” (as suggested in the Desert Sun on March 6). It was simply because millions of viewers were tired of hearing political garbage rather than the entertainment content they expected to watch.

Steve Shamion, Palm Desert

Evil suggestive effect?

When I saw several of the Oscar winning films what impressed me the most was the gun violence in so many previews that I had to see before the feature films debuted. The scale, savagery, and gratuitousness of the mass killings depicted in these other films must be taken in the industry as credit to Hollywood’s “special effects”.

One has to wonder, however, if another special effect of those violent films that Hollywood has spewed out over the years is to excite and motivate deranged mass killers from Columbine to Parkland.

Michael E. Murphy, St. Paul, Minnesota and Indian Wells


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