How lawful should it be for all to own guns?
May 02, 2013 11:01 PM | 816 views | 9 9 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I have to side with President Obama on this one: “Enough is enough!”

I am glad the president named gun control legislation as a first priority at the beginning of his second term. Ironically, the reports of mass murders and lunacy killings paint a clear picture of the overwhelming gun violence in America.

When we get right down to it, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives us the right to bear arms, can very well be a loophole in the law for the criminal minded. Our constitutional rights are the promises of our nation’s forefathers … but in these new millennium technological times, how lawful should it be for any and every one to own a gun?

The president is not trying to take away our right to bear arms in order to protect ourselves, our families and our properties. Rather he is determined to take guns out of the hands of criminals, the criminally insane and the mentally unstable. A very important part of his determined proposal is to enforce extensive background checks as far as all gun purchases are concerned.

He also proposed regulations on high-powered weapons. There will, unfortunately, still exist black market gun purchases.

Have you ever been in a ghetto high-crime area at midnight on New Year’s Eve? The gunfire sounds like the battlefield of World War III; that is the continuous blasting of every sort of weapon from .25 automatics to military cannons! Is such gunfire the celebration of a new year or a warning statement of age old underground black market power?

Law enforcement and gun control legislation cannot “gun down” the black market, but stricter gun control laws might discourage illegal gun purchases and therefore quiet the underground black market celebration of a criminal power structure.

Society as a whole is so intensely filled with violent video games, movies and news reports of crime that we are spawning a trained breed of criminals. Sadly, gun violence is at the top of the list. It rampages throughout our communities. It is like a vein that carries bad blood, like an infectious disease which is aggravated by poor parenting, poor law enforcement, poor education, oppression and mental illness.

Gun control legislation is the serum which must be injected as a determined effort for the cure!

In President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of the Newtown massacre, I heard 20 little voices cry out: “Do whatever you can to stop the violence!”

And that is the bottom line.

Frances Wooten

Roswell

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1SG
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May 10, 2013
Are you high? There is no such thing as a .25 automatic nor are there any military cannons in the ghetto. How could it sound like the battlefield of WWIII when we have only had two World Wars. Write about something you know about next time.
anonymous
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May 03, 2013
Ms. Wooten hits the nail on the head. While the yahoos in Houston celebrate a culture of death, families in Connecticut, Colorado, West Virginia and every place else there has been a mass slaughter grieve and wonder what these fools think they'e doing.
David W
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May 03, 2013
Frances, you might want to give the matter a little more thought...

Sandy Point Elementary, the site of the shootings you referred to, is located in Newtown, Connecticut. Connecticut's gun laws are considered to be amongst the top five in the U.S. for strictness. Ask yourself two questions:

1) How would obama's proposed laws and regulations have prevented the shootings at Sandy Point Elementary?

2) With such strong gun control laws already in place, what went wrong in Newtown? And, why do obama's proposed gun controls not address the things that actually went wrong?

Most people opposed to the universal background checks do not oppose the principle of checking a buyer's background in conjunction with the purchase of a firearm. In fact, most of us already comply with such laws currently in place. However, we know that expanding the application of background checks as recently proposed in the U.S. Senate would not impede the kinds of mass shootings we've seen at schools and movie theaters. The proposed laws would only serve to facilitate the creation of a national gun registry containing the names and gun records of all law-abiding gun owners in the U.S. Such a registry would potentially be used in an effort by the federal government to confiscate all legal firearms from all law-abiding gun owners. Confiscation programs would produce far more carnage than any of us wants to think about.

For the good of all, Frances, get obama and his pals to come up with some legitimate proposals for truly effective legislation that would have prevented Newtown and the like. And, while you're waiting for that cold day to roll around, you might want to mount a campaign to enforce the gun controls we already have in place.
PoorFrancis
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May 03, 2013
You want to stop the violence?

Change the mental health laws that allow for information sharing. But we must be careful that just anybody who says “I’m depressed” or “I hate so-and-so” is automatically committed.

Enforce the existing 30,000 gun laws first, but do create more that will only effect the good of the world. Criminals, by definition, break laws. Gun laws are broken anytime a gun is used in any criminal act.

Even better, make it easier for the folks who follow the rules have ready access to their weapon of choice to help curb the predators. The police can’t be everywhere, no matter how good the department may be.

Lastly, carry out capital offenses in weeks instead of years. By the time we execute the vermin, most people don’t remember what they did in the first place.

FROM TEXAS
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May 03, 2013
Society as a whole is so intensely filled with violent video games, movies and news reports of crime that we are spawning a trained breed of criminals. Sadly, gun violence is at the top of the list. It rampages throughout our communities. It is like a vein that carries bad blood, like an infectious disease which is aggravated by poor parenting, poor law enforcement, poor education, oppression and mental illness.

You sound like the case conservatives made and the media and Czar Obama blew off as just freedom of speech and just games that kids play; that is the problem they live in video land and their God is GOV I’m as yours is. Your probably a liberal school teacher and you know your Godless government and school systems has filed America!! I’m sure you long for the days of the Red Coat’s would come buy collect taxes take what they want rape and sodomize the women!! You know before a bunch of gun nuts called the state militia groups formed and got rid of the Red Coats!!

anonymous
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May 03, 2013
Frances, Frances. Your argument is based on the mistaken premise that evil, bad, reckless people who don't follow the law of the land are somehow NOT going to get a gun if more gun laws are enacted. Quite the contrary. New gun laws will only curtail honest people from obtaining guns. The bad guys are going to get their guns off the streets, by stealing or on the black market. There will always be a market for killing machines...this is humanity. So make darned sure the good guys can counter them...you can be with Obama or not, but Obama is but a speck on the rear end of this argument. If bad guys can't find guns, they will make bombs. It's the nature of the thing.
very trusting
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May 03, 2013
Well, Miss Frances must think that all the murderers and other criminals will rush forward and give their weapons to the nearest police officer! There is nothing wrong with legally owning firearms. In most mass murders, if there had only been someone armed to stop the shooter, a lot of folks would still be alive.
Pat H
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May 03, 2013
I have never been in a ghetto high crime area at midnight on New Year's Eve.

However, this should not be the reason for banning guns for legal gun owners.

Schizophrenia in young people is the problem with most of the mass shootings, and the parents knew or should have known their children were mentally ill. In fact most were warned by colleges, roommates, etc. For Newtown and Jarod Loughner, they both lived at home and the parents could have afforded treatment but failed them and society.

I suspect poor parenting is one of the major problem with ghetto shootings. Dr. Ben Carson's mom was very poor, yet he became a pediatric neurosurgeon. I don't believe his family participated in ghetto New Years shootings.
FROM TEXAS
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May 03, 2013
Have you ever been in a ghetto high-crime area at midnight on New Year’s Eve? The gunfire sounds like the battlefield of World War III; that is the continuous blasting of every sort of weapon from .25 automatics to military cannons! Is such gunfire the celebration of a new year or a warning statement of age old underground black market power?

So take guns away from the law abiding citizens with Jim Crow laws that’s what’s happened all over in places like Chicago how’s that working for the working class blacks up there?

Law enforcement and gun control legislation cannot “gun down” the black market, but stricter gun control laws might discourage illegal gun purchases and therefore quiet the underground black market celebration of a criminal power structure.

You just answered your other question he will drive law abiding citizens to become criminals just to protect themselves. AK’s & AR’s can be bought any day form your favorite Mexican drug dealer a lot of those guns even came from our forgiven aid the Mexican police sell them off; and don't forget fast & furious that was Czar Obama and his boys that pulled that off.

Just ask yourself if the government knows every gun you have and where it is do you really think something like Nazi Germany wouldn’t happen again. What keeps government in line is a certain level of fear toward its citizens and not over stepping their bounds. You would see a marked difference when pulled over if that was the case and you might not like what might happen to you or one of your granddaughters!!

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