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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
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Letters to the editor: Enforce gun laws

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Enforce gun laws

Your article on the Family Dollar Store shooting is an excellent demonstration of why we do not need additional gun laws. One may ask why. Without commenting on whether Demetrius Parks committed this crime, I would like to point out that he should be in a federal penitentiary. This is because there is a federal law that requires a 10-year prison term for any previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

If the federal government would enforce existing firearms laws, career criminals would be prevented from committing many crimes.

Hal Lucas

Tampa'Undeniable silence'

Where is the outrage? The Tampa community lost a good man when Horsley Shorter Jr. was shot to death by a man who should not have been on the streets.

The suspect is a career criminal, and he was walking the streets of Tampa with a loaded gun. Police said he took the life of a man who was committed not only to his family but to his country. Where are the Kings, Sharptons, Jacksons, Obamas, Uhurus and the people who protested the George Zimmerman verdict? I hear an undeniable silence, as this is just another case of a black man shooting another black man.

Horsley Shorter was a hero, a man to be respected and looked up to for the standards that he lived by. The community lost a good man; the family lost a son, brother, father and supporter.

The suspect should come out from under that rock before someone else suffers from his hand. He has caused enough grief and sorrow for a lifetime.

I did not know Mr. Shorter, but I grieve for his loss and his family. He deserved better.

Thomas Sawyer

Brandon

Where are they?

Regarding "Police identify suspect in Family Dollar shooting" (July 18): When can we expect to hear from the Reverends Jesse and Al? Is Eric Holder going to set up a special email hotline to try to catch this person?

Ruth Mahoney

Riverview

Progress in jeopardy

I do not pretend to understand the black experience in this country. As a child of the 1960s, I witnessed the hard-fought battle for civil rights, and I came to respect and appreciate the cause and its courageous leaders.

We have come so far in this country. The election and re-election of a black president is incontrovertible evidence. We are in grave danger of losing that progress.

I had the opportunity to follow much of the George Zimmerman trial. As it unfolded it became clear to me that the prosecution had no case, and ultimately, the jury agreed.

The "news" media convicted Zimmerman along with the usual race-baiters and hucksters who have made millions ginning up fake controversies. These people, along with self-serving politicians, have a vested interest in keeping black Americans feeling like victims unable to succeed without government intervention.

The outlandish death threats and violent street protests fulminate a growing resentment and potential backlash in the rest of America. Reasonable citizens can see that it is not open season on black youths in America. The reality of the FBI statistics shows it is far more likely for a white to be murdered by a black than vice versa.

This case had nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with politics. Cooler heads must prevail.

Laura Harris

Brandon

Zimmerman 'color blind'

I do not know U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's motivation in ordering an investigation into whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights, but it certainly has nothing to do with equal protection for all under the law.

It is clear from trial testimony and from the earlier federal investigation that not only is Zimmerman not a racist, he is more color blind than any of his accusers. Even more to the point, there is no evidence that Zimmerman attacked Martin. However, there is plenty of evidence, including forensics, that, shortly after uttering the racial slur "crazy-ass cracker," Martin actually attacked Zimmerman.

Zimmerman didn't care about the race of the man who possibly was trying to beat him to death; he only wanted to save himself.

That the shooting itself was not malicious, nor intended to kill, is clear. Zimmerman fired only one shot, just enough to stop the beating and to free himself from his assailant's grasp.

Michael McQueen

Brandon

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