Don’t blame guns for

the American carnage

Guns have been part of our nation since its founding, but these mass shootings have only become frequent during the last 20 years.

It is clear to any rational person that guns are not the problem; the problem is the people using these guns.

There are two leading causes of these tragic events.

The first is mental instability: we have a mental health crisis that been fueled in part by absentee parents and over-medication.

The second leading cause is the debasement of our culture in America.

We have developed a culture of vanity with social media glorifying infamy.

There is a culture of discord with the media promoting hyperpartisan views.

There is a culture of violence with the celebration of radical hate groups.

And there is a culture of death with the aborting of babies — not only before they're born but even potentially after their birth.

Blaming guns for mass shootings is like blaming cars for drunk driving deaths. And blaming the National Rifle Association for gun deaths is like blaming AAA for automobile deaths.

Louis DePetris, Kensington

 

We don't need to have appointed

Duval School Board members

I would like to thank Councilman Matt Carlucci for introducing a council resolution opposing state Rep. Jason Fischer's attempt to have our Duval County School Board members appointed.

I proudly served on the Duval County School Board for 11 years; I served with outstanding and dedicated members like current City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri and recently elected Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson.

I know that the School Board members are the closest elected officials to the people.

The irony is that the current Duval County School Board is doing an outstanding job! The numbers speak for themselves: the graduation rate is up, reading and math numbers are up and we have a B grade overall, missing an A grade by 1 percentage point.

I oppose the idea of having an appointed School Board — but if this issue is so important, then give the citizens of Duval County the right to vote on it.

Martha Barrett, Jacksonville

 

The summer of 1969 was much

more than peace, love and music

It's worth remembering that the summer of 1969 was not all "peace, love and music" in America — the mass murders by the Manson Family were also committed during that year.

While bell bottoms have long gone out of style, mass murders are unfortunately still happening in America.

Michael Cross, St. Augustine