Nobody claimed gun control would stop every death

Re: "Gabby Giffords' husband: Gun bill 'will not stop every murder'," Washington Secrets, April 17

Paul Bedard asserts that Mark Kelly conceded that gun control legislation wouldn't stop every gun death.With all due respect to the latitude of a columnist to express his opinions,Bedard remains constrained by the natural and logical meaning of English words.

Before one can concede a point, it has to have been argued by someone. But no rational person involved in this debate, and certainly not Mark Kelly, ever claimed that any gun legislation short of 100 percent confiscation and destruction of all firearms (including those in possession of "the militia") would eliminate the possibility of further murder by such weapons.

Those advocating for more regulation are clear: Their only hope is to reduce the extraordinary number of firearm deaths in this country. Their ultimate goal is reducing our death rates to those of other industrialized democracies.

Since this point is so obvious, I can only conclude that Bedard's words were chosen to discredit Kelly and others seeking reasonable firearm regulation.Columnistsare free to express their opinions as to whether such regulation is reasonable and compliant with the Second Amendment, but Bedard would be more persuasive if he did not base them on alleged concessions to straw man arguments.

David Cosson


Columnist distorts facts in Gosnell case

Re: "Killing babies is the ultimate progressive 'right'," April 17

Noemie Emery distorted the reality of the reproductive rights question. The facts are that 99 percent of abortions are performed in the first trimester,and over 99 percent by 20 weeks. Only a very few are done after fetal viability -- and then only for serious medical reasons.

Abortions during the first 16 or so weeks are safer for women than carrying a pregnancy to term.

Choosing to terminate a problem pregnancy is a matter of religious freedom, rights of conscience andwomen's health. Since people hold a wide variety of opinions on abortion, government has no business imposing restrictions on it.

The Gosnell situation in Philadelphia is a sad rarity and is being dealt with in a court of law.

Edd Doerr

President, Americans for Religious Liberty

Silver Spring

Obamacare will destroy U.S. medical system

I was so impressed by the skill and confidence of the Boston trauma surgeon who was interviewed on TV after the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. He reminded me of the highly trained surgeons who saved the life of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. They represent our finest examples of American medical professionalism.

It takes years of study and determination and hundreds of dollars of student loans to make a surgeon, but those who recognize their God-given gift continue to hone their skills to save people.

Are we really going to throw their life-saving abilities away courtesy of Obamacare? After all, we know from surveys that up to 80 percent of doctors have considered leaving their private practices because of the law's requirements.

Reimbursement payments to all doctors are going to be drastically reduced and Catholic hospitals (which make up one sixth of all hospitals in the U.S.) will close due to the penalties imposed by the Health and Human Services' mandate to provide abortion services that violate Catholic doctrine.

America, wake up and see how our medical system, acknowledged as superior worldwide, is being demolished by the Democrats' takeover of health care. And remember that not one Republican in the House or Senate voted for it.

Jacquelyn Wilson

Whispering Pines, N.C.