Guns useless vs. tyranny

Regarding the March 29 letter, “Shooting outrage misplaced”:

I am so sorry to break it to the writer, but this is 2018.

There may have been a time when Americans could bear arms in case the government became tyrannical, but those days are long gone.

Currently bearing a firearm will not protect any of us from the government’s use of drones which, with a push of a button in Washington, D.C., are capable of pinpointing any structure in the country. And that drone could shut off the power supply, set the structure on fire or blow it completely to smithereens.

Against a tyrannical government in the 21st century, guns are useless.

Bonny Nixon

Egg Harbor City

EMS squads need cheaper access to medications

I’m happy to see New Jersey hospitals and police departments teaming up to save lives from opioid overdoses. Hospital systems in Camden County are the latest to announce their intention to buy the opioid reversal agent naloxone in bulk and provide it at low cost to their police departments. In other counties, Union and Middlesex, for example, replacement kits have been supplied free to the police departments since the programs began in 2016.

But as president of the nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey I don’t understand why EMS organizations — particularly volunteer agencies — are not included in the naloxone distribution plan.

We, too, are in the business of saving lives, but many volunteer EMS squads, which rely heavily on donations, find the cost of naloxone prohibitive. The same goes for epinephrine auto injectors used to counter allergic reactions.

Emergency responders statewide should have discounted or possibly free access to such life-saving medications for their organizations. Lives shouldn’t depend on whether responders can afford the antidote.

Joseph G. Walsh, Jr.

Neptune, Monmouth County

Bullying root of shootings

Regarding the March 15 letter, “Bullying is the problem”:

I agree 100 percent with the writer’s observation that bullying was the underlying issue leading up to Nikolas Cruz taking so many lives at Parkland. As kids rallied recently for March for Our Lives, I’m seeing many reports in which students are admitting that Cruz was bullied in various forms. One report stated that a student saw what was happening to Cruz, but never brought it to anyone’s attention. Now he regrets it.

Angelica Mansfield, a Washington state sophomore, at her school walk-out rally on March 14 bravely stood up and challenged her school to stop tormenting and bullying others. Her speech went viral.

Mass shooters appear to have something in common: They’ve experienced extreme bullying, including harassment, teasing and exclusion. Look back at Columbine and Sandy Hook and you’ll find that those shooters were subjected to bullying cruelty.

Yes, we have to deal with gun issues, but that’s not addressing the root of the problem. The bullying these kids are being subjected to is the catalyst that sets off either a suicide or a school shooting. We have a bullying epidemic, and the only way to change that is to train our children early in ways to treat one another, and help them learn how to establish healthy relationships.

Barbara Gilmour

Ocean City