Giffords needed

uniformed guards

Re: the April 13 editorial “Loughner’s rants online underscore need for gun laws.”

The collective genius of our newspaper did an excellent job of evaluating the Loughner shooting on Jan. 8, 2011. However, your remedy was way off, like Gabrielle Giffords was way off, when she made the decision not to have uniformed armed security on that day.

I believe Loughner would have looked for an easier target upon seeing uniformed armed security. The way he was dressed would have caused security to be focused on him also.

Giffords most likely would not have been shot on that day had she done like most people in high positions do. Have visible security. The only good your editorial did was post the phone number of mental health.

The focus on mental illness is where rational minds should be and how to keep weapons out of their hands. The world is the way it is. Live in reality, be aware, be ready.

Horace Johnston

Retired, Tucson

Facts don’t matter

to Tim Steller

Re: the April 13 column “In Arizona, you can kill the person who’s scaring you.”

Columnist Tim Steller tells us that you can kill the person who’s scaring you, and he complains that “facts don’t matter.” To him, clearly they do not.

The law provides a justification for the use of deadly force when a reasonable person would believe it immediately necessary to protect against the use or attempted use of unlawful physical force. The defendant must pre-

sent evidence of justification. The threat or use of physical force against another is not justified in response to verbal provocation alone.

Based on the facts, the jury found that David Arnold Mota acted reasonably and that evidence of justification was presented. Steller’s complaint is that, instead of demanding clairvoyant knowledge, all the law demands is reason. That is as it should be.

Stephen Deatrick

Retired computer programmer,

Sierra Vista

Whatever happened

to good sense?

Re: the April 13 column “In Arizona, you can kill the person who’s scaring you.”

Tim Steller’s column about an assassination of a person because someone was afraid leaves me angry.

The idiots in Arizona’s Legislature gave us a “law” that if someone scares us, disturbs us in any way — no proof required — a look or gesture, grin even, we can kill them. This law is for cowards.

Everyone needs a gun in this gun-happy, lame-brained, scared-silly state because anyone can kill anyone for any reason with no proof as long as they are “afraid” (boo-hoo).

What happened to restraint? Or good sense? David Arnold Mota was a coward. Let’s hope he doesn’t get blown away by another coward.

Jacqueline O’Connor

Retired, Sierra Vista

Loughner acted legally

— in a twisted sense

Re: the April 13 column “In Arizona, you can kill the person who’s scaring you.”

Thank you  for your column concerning the acquittal of the Oro Valley road-rage shooter based on “stand your ground” law. If I may draw a parallel:

Jared Loughner, a paranoid schizophrenic, is the walking definition of fear (that it is irrational now does not seem to matter to the court). He was in a place that he was legally allowed to be; he was not engaged in illegal activity; he was carrying a gun and magazine that he was legally entitled to possess; and he was afraid.

I think he meets all of the criteria required by “stand your ground.” He was scared and he killed the people scaring him. Maybe the National Rifle Association could start a “Free Loughner” campaign. I can’t see that he did anything illegal based upon this twisted logic.

Sidney Hall

Retired, Tucson

Tesla tax breaks

make no sense

Re: the April 12 article “Gov signs tax bills.”

Let me get this straight. Tesla Motors is going to come here because of tax breaks, when lack of tax money is already destroying the community their employees would find attractive?

John H. Anderson

Green Valley

NM dirt roads better

than midtown Tucson

Recently, we spent several days exploring back roads in western New Mexico. We found that many of the unpaved (i.e. dirt) county roads  provided a smoother ride than more than a few of the residential streets in midtown Tucson.

We used to say that when you entered New Mexico, the skies got bluer and the roads got worse. Well, not anymore.

Melinda Collins Knick

Retired, Tucson