Let’s not follow Alabama’s lead

Dear Editor:

This is in response to Father Harry Clarke’s recent letter praising Alabama lawmakers for their stand on abortion (Courier, May 21).

By all means, let’s go back to pre-enlightenment times where we had an absolute monarchy and the fixed dogma of the Catholic church holding the population captive.

Nothing like a bunch of old religious men in Alabama deciding what’s best for the ladies.

Norm Walsh

Kelowna

Poet’s take on proposed lease

Dear Editor:

Coyote Cruise/Loco Landing wants 20-year lease on publicly owned Riverside Park in Penticton. If you share my concern, please write to: info@protectpentictonparks.ca. In the meantime, I offer this poem.

In a Park, in a Lease,

Come the rights to make the change.

More fixed things can then appear

More green things can disappear.

Places free to roam and play

Then become a place to pay.

People now can get to choose

What we want or what we lose.

Hannah Hyland

Penticton

Bill C-71 won’t keep us safer

Dear Editor:

Re: “Concerned About Gun Violence” (Courier/Herald, April 30) by South Okanagan-West Kootenay federal Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk.

Although the recent shootings in Penticton and Salmon Arm are tragic, talk about gun control and political stances around it are very current and timely.

In what democracy should those who are tasked with enforcing laws (executive branch) also create them (Parliament legislative)? Is that not the whole point of maintaining three distinct and separate branches of government?

I support Andrew Scheer in removing RCMP authority to classify firearms and repealing magazine capacity restrictions. The International Practical Shooting Confederation utilizes 15-round magazines in most competitions, but here in Canada I am handicapped with 10-round magazines.

Current restrictions did not stop the Danforth shooter from using illegal 10-plus round magazines in his illegal, non-registered firearm.

You’re right that there is nothing in Bill C-71 that would restrict hunting activity per se. However, extending background checks beyond five years may restrict people who have matured and/or reformed from obtaining a possession-and- acquisition licence in the first place, and is likely to backlog already slow chief firearms officers from issuing possession and acquisition licences in a timely manner.

As discussed by Senator Donald Plett, the current system is being under utilized with very little actual “checking” happening because RCMP do not have the proper resources.

Your words are the epitome of what is wrong with the Liberal view of firearms owners.

“The problem with that notion that all gun owners are law abiding — until one amongst them isn't.”

You see me as a ticking time-bomb, one bad day away from becoming a criminal. The biggest problem with this, besides the obvious disrespect, is that the evidence just doesn’t support it. As reported to Parliament by Dr. Gary Mauser, law-abiding Canadian gun owners are less than one-third as likely to commit murder as other Canadians.

“Over the 16-year period (1997-2012), a Special Request to Statistics Canada found that licensed gun owners had a homicide rate of 0.60 per 100,000 licensed gun owners. Over the same period, the average national homicide rate (including gun owners) was 1.81 per 100,000 people.”

As you say, hunters do want to keep Canadians safer. So do you, so do I. The problem is that there is nothing in Bill C-71 that will keep Canadians safer. Gun bans will not keep us safer either.

Justin Trudeau's emphasis on evidence-based policies helped pave the way to a Liberal victory in the last election. It is a shame he never followed through on it.

Derek Henderson

Big White

Death penalty isn’t ideal option

Dear Editor:

Execution actually costs much more than a life prison sentence.

The death penalty also drags out the court process, and because of this is often harder on the friends and families of victims.

You can read about this and more at deathpenalty.org and through a Google search on the topic.

The death penalty isn’t actually the ideal option many people think it is.

Lindsay Perry

Kelowna

Grandkids will know it was real

Dear Editor:

“Governments that fail to provide responses to the global climate crisis are doing so “at their own peril,” former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said during a visit to Toronto.”

Many people believe that climate change is so real that it behooves governmentts to do everything in their power to combat it. In fact, they believe that governments should react to the climate change as if it is World War III.

If this is the case, you will recall what happened to the Nazis who were judged responsible for the Second World War.

If, as Figueres suggests, a failure to respond to climate change means nations that fail to counter it should be dealt with as Germany’s leaders were, then I would think the political leadership in Canada would be smart to get off their behinds and do everything they can to make sure future generations don’t avenge themselves as the victors of the Second World War did with the Nazis.

With just a few years left before the tipping point of climate change is reached, I would suggest that they need to take action now.

I might also suggest that parents who don’t take this seriously today might go down in their great grandchildren’s memoirs as, “What were those people thinking about?” Or words to that effect.

Frank Martens

Summerland

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