Popular vote for president

America had 200 million registered voters in 2016, yet the election was decided by the 538 members of the Electoral College chosen by voters. Five U.S. presidents were elected without winning the popular vote.

One major flaw of the Electoral College is that it has given too much power to the swing states. With 35 percent of the total votes controlled by six states, only a handful of states can decide the outcome of an election.

In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidential election with 304 electoral votes and about 62,984,000 popular votes. Hillary Clinton received 232 electoral votes and about 65,853,000 popular votes, which means nearly 3 million more Americans voted for Clinton that Trump. Because Trump won more swing states he was still able to win the election. Since then he has received some of the lowest approval ratings in the first six months of a presidency.

President Trump, after winning the election in 2016, stated, “I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win. There is a reason for doing this. Because it brings all the states into play.”

We need to give the direct power back to the people.

Rowan Simpson

Neptune, Monmouth County

Guns don’t kill on own

I placed my Glock 19 pistol on the table right next to my front door. I left its clip beside it, then left it alone and went about my business.

While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor’s son across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the nearby intersection.

After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was quietly sitting there, right where I had left it. It had not moved itself outside. It had not killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had presented to do that. In fact, it had not even loaded itself.

Well, you can imagine my surprise, with all the hype by the left and the media, about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong, or I’m in possession of the laziest gun in the world.

The cities of Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., have high murder rates and some of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. They are all controlled by Democrats.

James McCusker

Somers Point

Santorum wrong on kids

This is in response to the March 26 story about Rick Santorum’s statements concerning students learning CPR instead of asking legislators for better gun laws.

I just couldn’t believe what I was reading, such as his statement that “our children shouldn’t be looking for lawmakers to solve their problems,” instead they should learn CPR.

I hope to God that this never happens but what would Santorum’s children do if a gunman started shooting in their school? Would they leave the safety of their classrooms and run out into the hallway and perform CPR? I hope they have better sense.

We have lawmakers to help and protect children.

Frank Locantore

Williamstown