Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez shouldn’t have died last week. It was a terrible mistake. I don’t know what he was doing, I don’t know what the cop was thinking, either. Do you? Neither of us were there. What I do know is that toy guns do not need to look so real — and that orange tip? How about making 80 percent of the gun neon green or orange? It’s a toy; the kids can handle it. Growing up we had Wiley Coyote with an endless account at ACME explosives, but we knew it was fake.
On another hot topic, several groups are challenging North Carolina law that requires a purchase permit to buy a handgun. The argument is that purchase permits are good for five years. A lot of things can happen in five years. I understand both sides of this, but last week we had a case where a person bought a handgun (as he apparently had at several gun shops during the last few weeks). He was no longer able to own firearms but he still had purchase permits and was using them. If the standard policy had been to call in an NICS check, he would not have been able to purchase the firearm.
On a lighter note, this morning on Facebook people posted beautiful sunrise photos from Wilmington to Sneads Ferry. They were all brilliant and heart-warming and what it confirmed to me is that yes, we are all connected. No matter where you were on the treasure coast this morning, you smiled at the beauty.
We need to remember that next Tuesday is Election Day.
We are all connected, and the workings of one town definitely affect another. We need to have smart, forward thinking people to lead us. We need men and women who take in the greater good of the majority, not just a few. We need activities to keep us all together, to keep us all talking and to keep our children playing and our seniors active. We need to remind those who we put in office that they are there for the people and that their job is to make our world a better place, one small town at a time.
If you don’t know the candidates running for office, call them. In some towns there are social gatherings like the “Meet and Greet the write-in candidates” in Holly Ridge Nov. 3. Come out and say hello. Bring your list of questions and concerns. Make these people running for office and already in office aware that you are watching and listening and that the days of a free ride are over. We want better, we deserve better, and together we can make our lives better.
Get out there and use your knowledge and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.
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