Pilot Letter: Say no to gun shows

https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/vp-ed-letf-0822-20190822-z4mpjhf3njbg5ahohet5yu3mce-story.html

The writer wants the city of Virginia Beach to renege on a legal contract. I can appreciate the sentiment on emotional grounds, but the principle of honoring valid contracts is more important than sentiment.

One might argue that gun shows glamorize anti-civilized behavior, but the counter argument is that contracts — especially those between a government and a private party — are the very basis of civilization.

5 thoughts on “Pilot Letter: Say no to gun shows

  1. I am pretty sure the city could negotiate a small rescheduling fee to move the event until after the first of the year. It will still be an emotional time for those most closely affected by the tragedy, but it seems that a small change in schedule would be beneficial and more acceptable to most.

    There are numerous gun shows in the region throughout the year. I don’t see any reason why rescheduling it would cause any one great harm

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    1. RE: “I don’t see any reason why rescheduling it would cause any one great harm”

      If both parties are agreeable, no problem. But by the same token, I don’t see any reason why the event should be rescheduled at all.

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      1. If you suffered from a tragedy such as the shooting, say a plane crash that took loved ones for you, would you jump on a plane 3 months later for a party in Cabo San Lucas?

        I stand by my suggestion that delaying the show, if all parties are agreeable, would be soothing to the soul of of the city. I call it compassion for the families of the victims.

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    2. I see rescheduling as harmful. To do so would be tantamount admitting a connection between responsible gun ownership and the actions of the madman who shot his fellow city employees. You might as well demand all men abstain from sex for a time because some other man committed a rape.

      Aside from that, anyone who has been to a gun show can tell you there is a strong political component and discriminating against gun shows in public spaces would be a 1st Amendment issue.

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  2. How would rescheduling be harmful. It is not …”tantamount admitting a connection between responsible gun ownership and the actions of the madman”…. It is to allow time for this community to heal from the tragedy. There is no discrimination intended by my suggestion to delay the event.

    And your rape/gun crime analogy is one big steaming piece of cow droppings.

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