Senators unconcerned with gunfire deaths

Republican leaders badly misjudged voter preferences in the 2012 elections. Now they are scrambling to pass immigration reform to attempt to garner the Latino vote they missed, since as John McCain said, "it's the elections, it's the elections."

If the polls are at all believable, they are making an even bigger mistake in rejecting the proposed gun regulations in the Senate. A huge majority of the American electorate have expressed that they want expanded background checks on gun purchases and limitations on gun firing rapidity and capacity. But senators are cowed by the money and power of the NRA and the paranoia of some gun owners, instead of listening to their constituents.

Since the 9/11 horrific attacks killed over 3,000 citizens, nearly 300,000 more Americans have died by gunfire, terrorism that doesn't appear to concern Republican senators. The midterm elections and those beyond might prove to be another wake-up call for them.

Jim Waldo

Gun owner, Green Valley

Anti-gun laws wouldn't have prevented killings

Re: the April 18 column "A good day for criminals who want to buy a gun."

By politicizing the murders in Newtown, Conn., both Sarah Garrecht Gassen and President Obama demonstrate their failure to understand that no expanded or new anti-gun laws would have stopped the carnage by Adam Lanza. Lanza was just one more mentally disturbed individual who made the tragic decision to end as many lives as possible - just as Jared Loughner did in Tucson.

Families must act as first responders when they realize one of their own has serious mental issues. Hoping the problem will go away is not realistic, and difficult steps must be taken to ensure help is sought before the individual hurts themself or someone else.

Rather than blaming guns for these killings we should remove the stumbling blocks that make it difficult for families to get treatment for those who desperately need help regardless of whether that person wants help or not.

Lindsey Smith

Retired, Tucson

Krauthammer rantings are anti-American

Re: the April 19 column by Charles Krauthammer "What will Obama say when Boston motive is known?"

In my opinion, the staff of the Arizona Daily Star owes the Tucson-area public an apology.

I know about the First Amendment and the typical editorial disclaimer. But there should be limits on what you print, and the usual Krauthammer diatribe against the president of the United States, at a critical time for our country, was irresponsible. And the Star's printing that column was especially irresponsible.

What happened to editorial judgment? Or does your editor share Krauthammer's toxic view of our president?

At times of national tragedy, we need to support one another and get behind our nation's elected leaders. We owe it to the victims of the tragedy in Boston and to all citizens of our country.

I, for one, have had enough of Charles Krauthammer's anti-American rantings.

Keith R. Gentzler

Retired, Marana

Insurance another idea against gun ownership

Re: the April 19 guest column "Mandatory gun insurance could impose order on now-chaotic policies."

You buy insurance to cover a loss, not to prevent insane people from committing murder.

It certainly wouldn't stop criminals from using a gun to commit a crime.And it certainly has not stopped people from dying in car crashes.

Basically, it's just another leftist idea to make gun ownership unaffordable.

Try executing murderers like Jared Loughner and all those death-row inmates.

John F. Sukey

Retired military, Tucson

Hope can be found in everyday heroism

Each day I say a prayer that has a phrase " though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." Some days it means more than others.

The Boston bombing and subsequent killings, the civilian killings by drones, daily news stories of torture and murders, and the unbelievable failure of the Senate to pass a bill requiring background checks to buy assault weapons reveals a world of violence that almost suffocates hope and crushes the human spirit.

Yet I find hope in the words "I will not fear for Thou art with me" and in examples of courage, compassion and heroism in everyday life.

Karen Haggar

Retired, Tucson

Symphony is a community treasure

The season finale of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra was outstanding! The 2012-2013 season was outstanding. We are so fortunate to have this treasure in our community.

Kudos to everyone who makes this happen: the musicians, our conductor, donors/supporters, the board of trustees, youth education supporters, ticket buyers, staff, maintenance, EMTs, security, Tucson Convention Center, city of Tucson, vendors and volunteers.

Excited about next season!

Judy Dare

TSO usher, Tucson