Gun irresponsibility should be a crime

Re: the Dec. 22 article “Sahuarita boy, 3, accidentally shoots, kills himself.”

Proponents of tougher gun laws shouldn’t waste their time and money on working for universal background checks, for that’s too wimpy and unlikely to reduce much gun violence.

Instead, they should campaign to make it a criminal offense when a gun-owner’s firearm is used to accidentally or deliberately kill someone, as in the case of the 3-year-old who shot himself with his father’s gun, which was “inadvertently misplaced” and did not have a safety latch.

That father and hundreds or thousands of other irresponsible gun owners (Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s mother, for instance, if she’d lived) should be charged with criminal negligence, prosecuted and severely sentenced. In some cases, life imprisonment might not be too severe.

Sharon Olbert

Retired teacher, Tucson

How much damage

is a copper mine worth?

Re: the Dec. 10 article “Rosemont would cut 300K trees for mine.”

Now we hear that Rosemont Copper will have to cut down 300,000 trees in addition to the destruction of landscape, water and wildlife. What are we thinking by allowing this? Trees provide needed oxygen and protection for wildlife. Will we ever learn from the Native American saying: “Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

Joan Bergan

Retired, Tucson

Way to go, Ka’Deem! Now give us more

Congrats to Ka’Deem Carey for a great season. Unfinished business for next year: Doak Walker, Heisman, Rose Bowl! Go Cats!

Bob Perkin


Time to teach these predators a lesson

I was thinking about getting some chickens and letting them run loose in my backyard. I have a large yard and who doesn’t like fresh eggs?

The only problem is I have two very large predatory dogs. So I was thinking, I’ll just wait and see what happens. I could always just shoot the dogs if they kill the chickens. Never would have thought of that on my own.

Jack Hewitt

Roofing contractor, Tucson

Brewer is right

on license stand

Re: the Dec. 19 editorial “Brewer can’t defend her denial of driver’s licenses to migrants.”

The editorial board of this paper seems to be confused. The fact they don’t understand even the simplest of things is a true point of evidence of his confusion. Of course, Gov. Brewer will not defend something that is as it should be; she doesn’t have to.

Giving approval to allow illegal aliens to drive on our roadways would be aiding and abetting those lawbreakers. You cannot allow illegal aliens to do as legal citizens.

If those that are not here legally were to go through the necessary procedures and become legal American citizens, then and only then can you let them operate a vehicle on our roadways.

Editors, stop creating issues where issues don’t exist. Illegal is illegal no matter how you spell the word illegal. Let us all praise Gov. Brewer for standing against lawbreakers.

Ron Wood

Retired, Tucson