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Schools should teach firearm safety along with sex ed

Re: "Hypocrisy reigns among the gun hysterics," June 6

Thanks to Greg Kane for his erudition. The Left is great at demonizing things they fear or don't understand. But hysterical overreaction usually causes more harm and no good.

If Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his crew were truly concerned about children, they'd have already passed school firearm safety reform.We teach sex education in school to prevent pregnancies and disease because when you educate someone, you teach respect for the subject matter. Why not firearm safety to prevent unwanted accidental discharge of a Pop-Tart?

When I was in school in the 1960s and '70s, we brought our shotguns and rifles to school during hunting season and even cleaned them during shop class. No one was ever hurt by the well-instructed, law-abiding armed students.

For the last 40 years, liberal policies have emasculated young boys, stifled their adventurous nature and medicated them into submission.When you put a cork on a bottle and shake it up, it is going to explode eventually, as we've seen with Columbine, Aurora, New Town. If liberals want someone to blame for these shootings, they should look in the mirror.

Jeff Underwood

Fulton, Md.

Bloody Sudanese regime getting undeserved respectability

One of President Obama's meaningless achievements is the Atrocities Prevention Board, which he launched a year ago, claiming it to be a serious innovation against genocide and other crimes.

However, the administration relaxed its ineffective sanctions against Khartoum, the capital of the North Sudanese government under Omar al-Bashir, and is inviting a Sudanese delegation to Washington even though al-Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for his role in the Darfur genocide.

Heading the delegation will be his adviser, Nafie Ali Nafie, a prominent participant in the mass killings. A petition urging the president to cancel the meeting has been signed by 107 Holocaust and genocide scholars around the world. Hosting this meeting confers a legitimacy on the al-Bashir regime that it does not deserve.

The world has largely stood aside while the mass rapes and killings continue in Sudan's Nuba and Blue Nile regions, topping the atrocities in Darfur. Aside from certain high-profile celebrities, such as actor George Clooney, the minority of Americans who are even aware of these atrocities look to their government to take action against the Khartoum regime. On this score, the Obama administration has been a failure.

Michael Ragland

Triangle

Thanks for covering local issues

The Washington Examiner has been the best source of news that affects local readers' daily lives. Its coverage of transportation, the city's governance and related issues has been both thorough and objective.

The imminent discontinuation of your publication represents an important loss for readers like me who are concerned about community affairs.

But I am grateful for the contribution that The Examiner has made to our understanding of local issues.

John Hammond

Washington

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