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Editor:

In this violent culture, a liberal interpretation of the Second Amendment is no longer remotely tolerable.

As we continue to suffer from this epidemic of mass-murder, grieve as you will, but recognize that clasping your hands together, closing your eyes and hoping won’t accomplish anything: We cannot wish this problem away.

And teaching religious hocus-pocus in public schools won’t accomplish diddlysquat.

Encourage your elected officials to do sensible gun control.

Alan R. Hudson

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Ronald Hamric 1 year, 4 months ago

With all due respect Mr. Hudson "teaching religious hocus-pocus in public schools" worked quite well to prevent these types of tragedies in the years it was allowed to be taught. The problem isn't so simple as pointing the blame at an inanimate object, while you ignore the obvious moral decline within the community at large. If one could wave their wands and make all guns disappear from existence tomorrow, they would still have to address the reality that we have long ago arrived at a point where there is no longer a high value placed on human life. The predators amoung us would simply resort to some other type of device with which to inflict harm. One has to eventually accept that it is the human soul that has to change before we see any improvement. And as we've seen, government simply cannot legislate what is in people's hearts. It's a 2000+ year old warning, but I think it aptly describes our current condition " And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinances of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." Romans 1:28-32

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don evans 1 year, 4 months ago

Letter correction edit:

Editor:

"In this violent culture, a liberal is no longer remotely tolerable. And, a return to teaching simple religious principals (the ten commandments) in public schools, will help greatly. Encourage your elected officials to do sensible gun control, and allow God back in school".

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ALLAN SIMS 1 year, 4 months ago

Mr. Hamric nailed it.

But, just so Mr. Hudson can get his head around it:

What Mr. Hamric alludes to is that because of people who think true religion is “hocus-pocus” our society has seen the ‘stripping away’ of the morals that have restrained such mayhem for centuries. Therefore, it is people who see only gun control as the solution, while belittling the very thing that has restrained such horror, who have caused the problem. (i.e. Go look in look in a mirror.)

Secondly, it is the “liberal interpretation of the Second Amendment” that has created the environment wherein a whacko carrying a gun, stick, knife or axe can enter a school without being met with appropriate response to stop him. That liberal interpretation stood for more than 100 years before being rectified in the Heller amendment. Due to that century of abuse to the 2nd Amendment, there has been a flurry of state and federal laws limiting the use of firearms. Had teachers been habitually armed, as often was the case preceding Robertson vs. Baldwin in 1897, it would have been a relatively simple process to blow the dude down, thus saving 20+ lives.

I saw a picture the other day of an Israeli class of 1st graders, and their teacher had an Uzi slung over her shoulder. There is no mayhem in their schools, and that proves the validity of what I say here.

The 2nd Amendment was written specifically to protect the populace from its own government. And, when the government, either state or federal, can take guns away, or restrict them to the mere ability to knock a squirrel out of a tree, then the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is frustrated. As I said above, that has been the situation for over 100 years, and just in the last few years has the courts finally (again) acknowledged the right as an individual rather than a militia right.

If you doubt it was that way in the past, I refer you to the case of United States v. Cruikshank in 1875 to see it was recognized that the right was an individual right, not to be infringed upon.

This belief that you can legislate morality into someone, by taking away the rights of all, is amazing. It permeates our society, and is a despicable failure of citizens to understand their own government. This holds true for guns, national forced insurance, speech and any other right we once enjoyed.

There have been massacres using axes, knives, clubs and sundry other weapons. Would you legislate those as well? McVeigh used fertilizer and diesel fuel to kill 168 in 1995. Yet today, without one acre to use ammonium nitrate on, I can still buy enough to kill hundreds, even though it has been ‘restricted’ since then.

We are blissfully ignorant, thinking we have stopped such bombings, while in reality we only await the next idiot’s use of it. Banning assault weapons didn’t stop Columbine, did it?

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