The president must act now

Updated 16 December 2012
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The president must act now

This refers to the Arab News report, US shocked: 18 children among 27 gunned down,” (Dec. 15) giving details about a US school shooting in Connecticut in which a 20-year-old man is said to have rained bullets killing instantly 27 innocent people including kids.

Until strict gun laws are introduced in the US, we will continue to see such massacres of the innocents. It is really sad to note that the ‘land of the free’ yet to learn a lesson from the McDonald massacre of 21 people in California (1984), killing of 14 innocent souls in Oklahoma (1986), cafeteria murder of 23 people in Texas (1991), Columbine High School murder of 13 (1999), cold blooded murder of 32 in Virginia Tech University (2007), killing of 13 people at Ford Hood Military base in Texas (2009) and now 27 people including 20 little ones between the age of 5 and 10, in Connecticut school shooting.

It is amazing that Americans believe a law written 224 years ago. The American gun-lobby, which chants about the right to bear arms, needs to adopt the type of laws every other civilized country on earth has adopted. One could never ever imagine such a brutal attack of this nature will take place on children attending kindergarten.

The unsolved mystery, however, is why should the mother of the murderer, who was the first victim of her son, Adam Lanza, had four assault rifles at home. For anyone to buy a gun in the US is like buying a packet of chewing-gum over the counter. There is no excuse this time for the president; he has to act right now! — S.H. Moulana, Riyadh


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia