Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NRA Cartoon Missed the Bull's-Eye

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NRA Cartoon Missed the Bull's-Eye

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It seems that Jeff Danziger, in his Oct. 31 cartoon, is out to get the National Rifle Association, and any chance to twist the situation is grist for his mill of political fantasies. It is my observation that the NRA does not support criminals, much less criminals using firearms. The NRA supports people like me, who are gun owners, hunters, and those interested in shooting for sport as well as self-protection.

We are all on the side of liberty, justice, and freedom from fear. The NRA responds to my demands, both as a responsible citizen and gun owner, that something should be done about the problem of violence. Emmett Van Reed Tucson, Ariz.

Danziger's attack of the NRA may be politically correct, but it is untrue. Of the 70 million Americans who own firearms, the NRA members are aware of the responsibilities that go along with rights. If someone misuses a firearm, the NRA position is that he be apprehended and prosecuted. We are part of a small but growing number who believe that everyone should be responsible for his own actions. Jack H. Ott Mancos, Colo. A need for teachers, not computers

The article "A Technology Revolution in the Classroom," Oct. 17, is an insightful summary of what I consider to be a misguided approach. Computer literacy is not a serious problem among our nation's youth. Average students, when they enter careers that require computer skills, will learn these skills almost as quickly as they have mastered the latest Nintendo game.

Further, it is more important for elementary students to learn to communicate with their peers than for students to become travelers on the information superhighway. Computers are an essential tool for modern scientists, but a good teacher can convey the lure and grandeur of science without this tool.

Today's students need to learn to be responsible members of an organized community, to respect the authority of superiors, and to be entertained merely by written words and our own creativity. These skills, as well as nurturing human contact, will never be conveyed by an inanimate computer screen. …

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