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Hurting ourselves

It is so tragic that we keep hurting ourselves and our nation with gun violence and mass shootings.

One partial answer is responsible gun ownership. Government legislation gives us some good boundaries if we respect the law. However, the only lasting answer is giving our lives and hearts to God through Jesus Christ. In such a relationship, if we humble ourselves and ask, he will give us help, healing and protection (II Chronicles 7:14).

All of us struggle with sin and uncontrolled anger. This evil can rise above our personal self-control and attempted gun control. God is stronger than evil and the Holy Spirit gives the gift of self-control (Galatians 5:22).

Even if we are believers in Jesus, we need to repent of our tendencies toward violence and ask God to help us and save our country from death. I urge all of us citizens to reach out to God, the only one who can save us. In the end, we can be assured that evil will be defeated and those who reverently fear the name of Christ will be saved (Revelation 15:4).

The Rev. Laura Spangler

Winston-Salem

Two leaders

North Korea reportedly executed its special envoy to the United States, accusing him of spying for the United States. Now it seems the murder didn’t occur, but others have.

The murder reportedly occurred after the collapse of negotiations between Kim Jung Un and President Trump. Kim wanted all sanctions on his country lifted.

I agree that America should engage in diplomatic relations with North Korea. I qualify this statement with the warning that we should not entreat Kim with presents of complete sanction relief. Kim was apparently responsible for the comatose condition of an American college student, Otto Warmbier, who was accused of stealing a propaganda poster of Kim while visiting North Korea.

I approve of Trump keeping in touch with Kim in order to keep tabs on what he’s doing. I think he should dial back the man love, however.

Trump called himself an “extremely stable genius.” Why did he pull out of the Iran nuclear deal? He said that Iran had not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal. If Iran was limiting its nuclear activity, what was this spirit? Why is Trump flexing his muscles with his naval fleets in the Middle East?

If Iran has not lived up to the spirit that can secure global peace, North Korea has strangled that peace. Why defend Kim and vilify Iranian President Hassan Rouhani?

Marshall A. Mays

Winston-Salem

Uplifting letter

In the midst of partisan politics leading our country in the worst possible direction, the letter “We are the guardians” (June 6) is one of the most patriotic and straight-forward letters printed in a long time. This letter is uplifting and refreshing.

Well written by a true American!

Jean McClure Greene

Winston-Salem

Repealing the Second Amendment

It’s very sad and ironic that, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Journal would print a letter (“So be it,” June 6) advocating for the repeal of the Second Amendment.

I would remind the writer and those who would agree with her that every totalitarian government, past and present, first confiscated their citizens’ firearms. Those living in countries with strict gun control need to fear their governments.

Today, you only have to look at China, North Korea, Venezuela and Cuba for examples. Those who fought and died to defeat tyranny and oppression did so to preserve our way of life, the freedom to speak our minds and to protect ourselves, our families and our property.

More restrictive gun laws will not deter someone who is intent on breaking those laws or who is mentally deranged. They will only serve to penalize law-abiding citizens. Chicago and Baltimore have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, yet have incredibly high rates of firearm homicides. The criminals in those cities have the guns, not the citizens.

I thank God for those who fought and gave their lives to preserve my freedom and liberty. The least I can do is to respectfully express my disdain for those who would take them away.

Stanley G. Simm

Winston-Salem

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