Letters for October 15, 2015

Why no Muslim voices?

Re “What would Jesus say about poverty?” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Feature Story, October 8):

Jesus, Isa bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary) is a prophet referred to 93 times in the Quran. Zahah, helping the poor and needy, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Might it not have been fitting to include a Muslim voice among those interviewed for this article? If not, why not? Oversight? Simple ignorance? Indifference? Or?

Brigitte Jaensch


Do something about guns, now

Re “Outrage” (SN&R Editorial, October 8):

I too am outraged by yet another senseless firearm attack on innocent people. Since the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, at least two other shootings have taken place in colleges across our country. And only several weeks ago, a shooting took place at nearby Sacramento City College. Across our country, especially in cities like Chicago, shootings are the norm now. Many of us have become desensitized by frequent shootings. Our leaders (both sides of the aisle) seem clueless on how to tackle the shooting epidemic. Aside from stricter gun-control mechanisms, we the people must put pressure on our representatives and the creators of gun-violence movies and violent video games to cease making them. Easily influenced minds tend to become easy prey to violent movies and violent video games. Having fallen prey to them, the easily influenced minds move a few notches closer to carrying out what they see over and over again—shootings—and coupled with mental health deficiencies, this makes a shooting of any kind more likely. We, as a society, should not wait until one of our loved ones is shot before we wake up and act.

Jose Gonzalez


Arm campus cops

Re “Outrage” (SN&R Editorial, October 8):

Just stop? Sorry, we aren’t going to “just stop” at the absurdity of unarmed campus cops. If anyone should have been armed in that terrible incident, it was them. Perhaps the SN&R might “just stop” its Christian bashing in general and its white-Christian bashing in particular. That is what motivated the mulatto murderer of Roseburg, but that drops away from your media narrative quickly, now doesn’t it?

Bill Zaumen


Faster, pussycat!

Re “Outrage” (SN&R Editorial, October 8):

Instead of moaning about how outraged you are, why don’t you just read the Constitution, study the Supreme Court jurisprudence on gun rights, and start doing what the Constitution tells you directly about changing its contents. You’ll have to convince the majority of the American people that there aren’t meth heads, criminals and terrorists who want to harm them. Faster, pussycat!

Christine Craft