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Your Views

  • Background checks won't work

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I agree with Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22) regarding the need to address unstable individuals who have taken to mass murder. Background checks, however, would not stop unstable individuals from obtaining firearms. Just because a person is unstable doesn’t mean they’re stupid. They...

  • A flawed belief in gun control

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Apparently Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22) doesn’t understand the difference between a right and a privilege. He attempted to compare the privilege of driving a car with the right of owning a gun for self-defense. The right of owning a gun is protected by the Second Amendment of the...

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Incidents all happened in gun-free zones

  • Use of firearm is last resort

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I am retired Navy and a proud member of the National Rifle Association. Lowell Adams’ charges against the NRA (Your Views, July 22) are spurious and untrue. The NRA stresses responsibility and safety. The use of a firearm is a last resort to which we turn to protect...

  • Good luck with that

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I must disagree with Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22). He stated that owning and driving a car is a right, but it’s actually a privilege. He said the right to own a handgun had been established by the Supreme Court. Our right to keep and bear arms was established by the framers of the...

  • Story is reminder of importance of every human being

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Thanks to Ken Raymond for his poignant story, “Goodbye to my redneck kin” (YourLife, July 20). What a beautifully and lovingly written reminder of the importance of every human being.

  • Can you say hypocrit?

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “District gears up for Capitol Hill uniform auction” (News, July 19): What’s wrong with this picture? The Oklahoma City Public School district thinks it’s not OK for Capitol Hill High School to continue to use the Redskins as a mascot, but that it is OK to make money off it? Can you...

  • Lankford seems to have no real empathy except for his agenda

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “Lankford gives emotional speech about abortion video” (News, July 17): Sen. James Lankford was particularly annoyed at his committee’s discussion of animal rights earlier in the day. One of the issues discussed was the terrible pain, fear and suffering of horses during the slaughter...