Letters to the Editor

Colorado Springs, terrorist act

Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Dear, right, appears via video with public defender Dan King before Judge Gilbert Martinez in his first court appearance Monday. Dear learned he faces three first-degree murder charges in the killings of three people last week at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Dear, right, appears via video with public defender Dan King before Judge Gilbert Martinez in his first court appearance Monday. Dear learned he faces three first-degree murder charges in the killings of three people last week at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Colorado Springs Gazette

Call terrorist act for what it is

Re “Who is to blame for the tragedy in Colorado?” (Editorials, Nov. 30): It is important to call things for what they are; otherwise, you can’t grasp a problem. The Sacramento Bee’s editorial doesn’t even call this attack “terrorism.” You only quote Planned Parenthood.

Because we don’t call it what it is, this attack will be seen by some as the act of a deranged individual. Some will shrug and say there is nothing you can do to prevent a homicidal nut from killing people. Still others will call for more guns, and some will call for gun control. We will all agree that we should have better mental health systems.

We call ISIS a bunch of terrorists. Because we do, we don’t say there is nothing we can do if a homicidal and suicidal jihadi intends to kill others. Nor do we advocate setting up mental health clinics for jihadists. This attack is domestic terrorism and to suppress it requires that we at least think of it this way.

Jeff Fine, Sacramento

Crazy rhetoric creates terrorism

The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board really nailed it with this opinion piece. Sadly, however, the board is only scratching the surface when it comes to how unhinged many modern-day conservatives can be. All one has to do is read the comments section on the Fox News website to get an idea why extremists like Mike Huckabee and Dr. Ben Carson get so much support. Until their supporters, they show that they’re anything but crazy; however, we can expect more rhetoric and more terrorism.

Having written this letter, let the hate mail begin.

Richard Elliott, Elk Grove

Double standard frustrates Muslims

Let’s call Robert Dear what he is: a white Christian terrorist who killed three innocent people in Colorado Springs at the Planned Parenthood clinic.

Had he been a Muslim, the media would have exploded with anti-Muslim rhetoric and nonstop coverage. The Muslim community would be associated with terror and violence. There would be calls for monitoring of mosques, starting a database for tracking Muslims, or even placing them in camps as Japanese American were during World War II.

But the fact is that Dear is one of the many Christian terrorists that have killed more people in America than Americans of any other faith. Should all Christians be punished for the crimes of a few Christian terrorists like Dear, Timothy McVeigh, Dylann Roof and Wade Michael Page, just to name a few?

Tahir Mansoor, Elk Grove

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