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Letters to the editor: Movie missiles and rudeness

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Movie missiles and rudeness

Although I sympathize with the victim in the Wesley Chapel theater shooting, I also feel that when he poured popcorn on the killer, he is the one who started the trouble that led to his death. I believe any object thrown at someone becomes a missile. Therefore, the shooter was only protecting himself.

The proper thing to do when one is in a theater and needs or wants to use the telephone is to go into the lobby or outside. It’s that simple.

No one wants to hear your conversation or listen to you yap on the telephone. Also, do not answer your telephone inside movie theaters. It’s rude and condescending.

It’s common sense and respect for others, which this country’s occupants seem to no longer possess.

I have also been on the receiving end of rude people in the theater talking, talking too loud, being rude and proud of it, using telephones, kicking the backs of seats. You get the picture.

The shooter is an elderly man who had every right to enjoy the movie he had paid to see. The victim should have treated this man the way he would have wanted to be treated and perhaps he could have saved his own life.

There are people like this shooter who are simply tired of dealing with people who have no manners. Maybe this man’s death will make some rude person think twice before ruining someone’s enjoyment in the movie theater by texting and talking on their cellphone.

You never know the temperament or mood of the person sitting next to you.

Sandra Y. Lowe

Binbridge, Ga.

Hayhoe’s credentials

Where and by whom did anti-gun activist Arthur Hayhoe get his education about gun ownership being a major problem in the United States of America? He, of all people, should know we have a Second Amendment to that living Constitution, and it’s not dead like so many progressives in this country would like to think it is.

The amendment specifically gives each citizen the right to keep and bear arms, to protect against tyranny and a government that would run roughshod over its citizens, to keep our country safe.

What pray tell are Hayhoe’s credentials? Every time an irresponsible gun owner shoots someone, he springs into action, bemoaning the fact in The Tampa Tribune, which seems to have space for ranting and raving.

Sure, there are some who have a license to carry concealed weapons, but they also have to read the law in the proper use of that license. A gun owner does not have the right to carry a gun into movie theaters, restaurants, and so on. So stop hyperventilating when you read about a shooting.

Should we ban all knives when someone gets stabbed in a fight? Form a coalition to stop knife violence.

Ban all jack handles from trunks of cars, or baseball bats and ax handles that can be carried in trunks of cars.

Give me and other responsible gun owners a break.

If you are wondering what the NRA is teaching about guns, well, call the NRA; it will gladly send you a pamphlet explaining in great length the proper use of handling a gun.

Let’s work together to improve each other’s lives. Can’t we all just get along?

I bet Martin Luther King, if alive today, would be smiling greatly if that were so.

Charles Evans

Tampa

Accept same-sex marriage

Charlie Crist is right. No one should be told that they can’t marry the person they love. However, what is standing in the way for same-sex couples to marry in Florida is the Republican-led state.

Oddly enough, though, we are talking about the Grand Old Party, which claims to be the party of less government intrusion.

That is, of course, when the subject matter meets their own agenda.

In the meantime, the GOP is standing in the way of same-sex couples fulfilling their dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Yes, indeed, one more reason to move Florida Gov. Rick Scott out of office and vote Crist back in.

One of these days, same-sex marriage will be legal in all 50 states. Even though everyone isn’t going to like it, they may as well give in and accept it for the sake of getting along.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater

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