No political pawns
To the editor: In response to the letter to the editor stating that groups like MOMS, Planned Parenthood, the American Federation of Teachers and the March For Our Lives are “using their children to further their anti-gun, anti-45 political cause,” that is untrue and denigrates those young people who organized thousands of marches.
Until recently, they were happily going to school and planning their futures. Now, at Parkland, 14 of them don’t have a future and the survivors are forever changed. Don’t insult them by assuming they can’t think for themselves. They are way too smart to be mouthpieces for anyone.
They have strong opinions and can envision a future in which they don’t have to fear going to school. They have come to their own thoughts and opinions, on their own, shaped by their experiences.
Within the next two years, millions of them will be able to vote. Their parents won’t be pulling the lever.
Carole Repici, Hendersonville
Dodging gun topic
To the editor: The Times-News recently gave front-page coverage to Cody Henson, state representative for Transylvania and Southern Henderson counties, and the Select Committee on School Safety, without one mention of the National Rifle Association or the word “gun.”
At a candidate forum in 2016, when he was running against a qualified former career Navy officer who had chosen not to accept NRA financial sponsorship and obligation, Henson stated that he accepted financial sponsorship support from the NRA — as did Chuck Edwards, then running against Norm Bossert (who also declined NRA backing).
Young people are learning a lot, like how their safety has been leveraged by legislators who’ve accepted millions to leave the NRA and military-grade weaponry out of the conversation. They are calling them out for using the Constitution as the reason they have sold out in exchange for legislative protection and access to semi-automatic weapons for anyone angry, mentally ill, unstable, young, old or testosterone challenged.
These almost-voting-age kids look right through the “hopes and prayers” offered when another shooting happens. They know that nobody not in military service should have access to semi-automatic weaponry. They’re learning the power of speaking the truth and preparing to vote their convictions.
Julia Luellen, Hendersonville