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gun law rhetoric leaves us with two remaining issues. The only thing left would be to give the courts the authority to randomly search people’s homes that they deem as potentially violent and those with psychiatric disorders. Secondly, would be to lock-up people because the courts might think a person could commit a violent crime. Neither would eliminate random cases of murder by assignation and other violent crimes. However, history has shown that sacrifi cing freedom for security leads to tyranny.
Perhaps, the best solution is a quick and timely “lethal injection” for Thomas Moton, rather than decades behind bars. The loose cannon Jared Loughner committed 49 felonies according to the system, which included the shooting death of a 9 year old girl at point blank range. To date he has not been tried as they over play his sanity rights. It is time to re-draw the line on these clear cut cases of those that murder by assignation with swift and timely lethal injection.
Thomas Brosius Phoenix
want the facts Editor:
As you Democrats are so willing to toss around the term “birthers” I have a new term for those of you who don’t want to know the facts — “ostriches.” That is seemingly appropriate as you continue to bury your collective heads in the sand refusing to either acknowledge or investigate the growing evidence that indeed, Obama is a fake. Your ongoing anti-Sheriff Arpaio crusade further prevents you from ever talking to him or to the head of his investigative panel to fi nd out exactly what this panel has uncovered. Have you checked out Dr. Jerome Corsi’s fi ndings? I seriously doubt it because what you would hear would go against your preconceived notions that anyone who approaches this question with an objective point of view is either “wacko” or as you so typically expressed, a “racist.” That’s right — whenever the Democrats fi nd someone who disagrees with or criticizes Obama, then he or she immediately becomes a racist. The word has been rendered meaningless due its broad application to anyone who criticizes Obama. I don’t
recall you using such terms as “racist” or “wacko” when the Democrats were investigating John McCain’s birthright eligibility to run for president. As to the “proof” you write about in your editorial; it is about as logical as that of the Flat
Earth Society. Those with far greater skills and investigative experience than is evidenced in your editorial, could reveal the fallacy of your fuzzy logic in a nanosecond.
And remember — Donald Tr ump could buy and sell your
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Trust me: You believe in gun control GUEST COMMENTARY
by Tina Dupuy Cagle Syndicate
I have … at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!” This of course is the slogan the National Rifl e Association adopted in the 1970s. It was then that owning a gun became an absolute right endowed by God and the Constitution. A blessing passed down by our forefathers to obliterate game and protect our property. The NRA was founded in 1870 and for its fi rst 100 years it was for gun control and didn’t mention the Second Amendment as their cause. Adam Winkler points out in his delicious book, “Gun Fight,” what we call the “wild west” had some of the strictest gun control laws we’ve seen as a nation. The shoot out at the OK Corral took place, after all, because Wyatt Earp was trying to disarm the outlaw cowboys in accordance with a Tombstone ordinance. The KKK was, among other things, a gun control organization. They were trying to keep guns out of the hands of newly freed slaves … but still gun control. The part of the Second Amendment omitted from the NRA’s slogan is: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…” Yes, well regulated — it’s in the Constitution!
Tina Dupuy If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and
Now, to some, guns are as sacred as scripture. If you ask, again, this typical hyper-political gun owner why they need to stockpile assault rifl es, you will get an answer much like Pat Flynn’s, a recent candidate for a Senate seat in Nebraska. “Really, we have our guns to protect ourselves against the government, number one,” Flynn said in a debate right before the primary. “Hunting’s number two. But protecting us against our government is number one.” Remember, Flynn was trying to land a job in the government (he didn’t win his party’s nomination, by the way). The idea is that we have to be just as armed as our
government in order to be safer or have more liberty (or something). The U.S. government has unmanned drones armed with supersonic laser-guided anti-armor Hellfi re missiles, “bunker busters,” and nuclear weapons. Are far-right politicians saying we need civilians to have shoulder-fi red anti-aircraft missiles “for protection?” Of course they’re not. They actually do want limits on ownership.
So we’re not actually talking about limited vs. unlimited. We are talking about degrees of weapon ownership. Guns fall into the wrong hands all the time. More guns
and fewer requirements for ownership doesn’t curb this. George Zimmerman was the wrong hands. Zimmerman, a Florida man now infamous for shooting an unarmed black teenager at close range after a 911 operator told him not to engage the alleged suspect and wait for police to arrive, is now being defended by said hyper-political gun owners. There’s no reason a Neighborhood Watch captain should be patrolling his block with a criminal record and a pistol. Zimmerman was a catastrophe realized. Even in the wake of new evidence about this case, the fact remains if Zimmerman didn’t have a gun, 16-year-old Trayvon Martin would be alive. The United States is number one in the world in
newspaper a hundred times over should he choose to do so.
William Jones Goodyear
And if you ask the most vehement gun rights advocate why gun owners shouldn’t have nuclear weapons, I’d bet you’d get the same answer as to why we don’t want every country to have the capability: “Because they could get into the wrong hands.”
the ever-handy semi-auto Glock pistol with a 30-round high-capacity magazine is an absolute right? A recent gun buyback drive in Los Angeles resulted in someone turning in a rocket launcher. Comforting.
So weapons-grade plutonium should be limited. But
civilian gun ownership. And since we’re not last in gun violence (we’re the 14th highest in deaths — way higher in just injuries) it’s safe to assume that increasing the number of guns doesn’t decrease the number of gun deaths. Just like cutting taxes doesn’t increase revenue — making gun ownership unlimited doesn’t make us safer. It’s a lie. A fairy tale of the gun lobby. Completely unsupported by data or logic. A falsehood. So unless you think all Americans should get Daisy Cutters this Christmas — you believe in regulations as to who gets a weapon, what kind and where they can have it.
Trayvon Martin can testify to — a de-regulated militia is. Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and the
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