Thanks to all for successful Rebel Cruise-In

To the Editor:

The Jackson County Genealogical Society held their annual Rebel Cruise-In Car Show on Sept. 29. This event has become a tradition for the residents of Jackson County, especially those who remember as teenagers cruising the Rebel Restaurant, circling town, and going back to the Rebel again. The car show is one of our most important fundraisers of the year.

It takes a great deal of effort to plan and execute the car show, and it requires the work of many people to put it together. I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank Norma and Mike Clayton and everyone else that has played a part in making this year’s car show a great success. Thank you to all of the car show participants for coming out and showing your very impressive cars.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors, including the Sylva Herald, for your great coverage. We thank those businesses that made a donation as well and each individual member of JCGS that gave their time to make it happen.

We encourage everyone to come by the office in the Jackson County Library building and let us help you research your ancestors. We are so proud to be part of this great organization.

Ken Nicholson, 

President, JCGS

Who is being controlled?

To the Editor:

All the ideas for gun control intend to control law abiding citizens. Our country was founded on the principle that every American has the right to bear arms and defend themselves and their family, but it appears that government now seeks to strip us of this God-given right. Nowhere do I read or hear that there are plans to stop criminals from obtaining guns. Criminals will not obey laws while law abiding citizen are just that… law abiding.

Gun legislation is not about security or safety – it is about citizen control. The talk is to increase waiting periods for gun purchasers, install more extensive background checks (but no checks for voter registration), institute a red flag law, register guns and even confiscate certain types of guns. Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke shouts out “Hell yes, I’m going to take your AR-15s and AK-47s.” Another Democrat candidate Kamala Harris says, “I will give the United States Congress 100 days to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.” It is exactly because of Harris’ and O’Rourke’s intentions that we have a Second Amendment… to protect against a tyrannical government.

Gun registration and expanded background checks are steps toward overturning our constitutional right to bear arms. Reports show that often guns used in mass attacks were either purchased using background checks or were stolen so background checks wouldn’t have made any difference in any of these attacks.

Another gun control aim is to expand gun free zones. Who frequents gun free zones? Law abiding citizens. A mass shooter is the only one in that mall, school, restaurant, hotel, theatre, park, business or hall with a gun and he is not challenged. The shooter is now free to mow down as many citizens as he can because no one can stop him. Gun free places should be called shooter-free-for-all zones.

Are there suggestions to address the mental health issues that characterize most mass shooters? The shooter at Parkland High School was known to have mental health issues but authorities hands were tied because of government policies instituted during the Obama administration. These policies enabled schools to keep discipline records of students hidden so they would not affect funding. How many other shooters and would-be shooters have visible mental health issues that are disregarded?

Red flag laws may be the worst idea of all. Under this law, opinions of family members, neighbors, friends or mere onlookers can empower law enforcement officials to show up at your home and confiscate your legally owned firearms. Think of that. The subjective opinion of anyone can conjure up such a complaint. There does not have to be a committed crime or even probable cause for the accusation and subsequent busting into your home to take your guns.

I am waiting for Congress to show me gun legislation that leaves law abiding citizens alone and addresses criminal possession and the mentally ill and makes public places safe.

Shirley Slaughter,