Show our impatience on guns at ballot box

Re: the April 23 article "45 years sought in Christian-group-attack plan."

Floyd Corkins planned a mass killing and did wound a security guard in his failed attempt. According to the report, Corkins told authorities he initially wanted to make a bomb but did not have the patience. He bought a gun in Virginia the week before the shooting and received private firearms training the night before his attack.

Now what is it about this happening that legislators cannot relate to when it comes to background checks and other gun control measures?

There are a lot of impatient people out there, and I am one of them. I am impatient with my legislators who take no action on behalf of "we the people" when surveys tell them what we want. Let's show our impatience at the ballot box!

Diane Uhl

Retired teacher, Oro Valley

Imposing rules on gun use makes sense

When we were young, our father took us to hunt. He had a few simple rules: "Don't kill an animal we are not going to eat. You have to skin or pluck your catch. Don't shoot at anything else. And, no shotguns: They may only hurt the animal, and it will run away and die in pain. Also, no shooting at animals with babies."

Carrying a gun is illegal in most places (including the Indian nations); most people feel uncomfortable at the sight of weapons, and besides, if an assailant with a drawn weapon demands your money, your only choice is to comply. And he'll take your gun, too.

If policemen, who are well trained to handle weapons, have only 20 percent accuracy with an armed killer, what are the chances of a teacher being successful?

Hector Conde

Retired, Tucson

Rosemont tailings system won't be dusty

Periodically, wind conditions in Southern Arizona can create an issue with air quality. Any exposed ground, ground without vegetation cover, becomes vulnerable to excessive wind with dust generation, and its effects can be troublesome.

It's not unusual for Pima County officials and others to view the mines as the primary contributor, though that always needs to be determined. Water-delivered tailings, seen at Green Valley mines, expose vast areas of sandlike product to the effects of high wind. On the other hand, the dry stacking method of tailings deposition, to be employed by Rosemont with advanced mining systems, exposes relatively little area to the effects of wind because reclamation begins to cover tailings by revegetation when design parameters are met.

If the mines in Green Valley had used this methodology, dust generation of significant amounts would be caused by farming, construction and the county's dirt roads, not mining!

Dave Efnor

Mining engineer, Tucson

Second Amendment protects our freedom

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun control, take a moment to reflect on the purpose of the Second Amendment - the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government.

The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the U.S. Constitution was drafted, hunting was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and target shooting was an unheard of concept. Musket balls were certainly not wasted target shooting.

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

As time goes on, the average citizen in the United States continues to lose personal freedom or liberty. Far too many unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of for your safety or for your protection.

Gloria Sather

Retired educator, Tucson

Reasoning of bomber, NRA is similar

So what's your problem? The kid that's accused of the Boston bombings was just carrying out his Second Amendment rights.

He is a citizen.

He identified an oppressive regime in Washington.

He armed himself with guns and bombs.

He attacked because he believed it would preserve freedom for his fellow Americans.

This is exactly the NRA's rationale for not limiting access to as many weapons you want, of any type. So what's your problem?

Leonhard Goeller

Retired, Tucson