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Finally, someone gets it! Great letter!
Posted 7 March 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Sensible and logical gun laws? Please, please define what you mean by "sensible and logical gun laws! I ask this because prior to 1968, Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Wards sold firearms mail order. A person could call them up, place an order for a firearm, give the operator the charge card number, and the gun was delivered to one's home. Then the hue and cry went out for "sensible and logical gun laws" after the assassination of the Kennedy brothers and Dr. M.L. King. That gave us the Gun Control Act of 1968, and all was well in the world... until 1969 when people screamed for "sensible and logical gun laws". This cycle has continued every year since the enactment of GCA '68 and every year, even after the passage of "sensible and logical gun laws" the year before, people want more "sensible and logical gun laws". So please define the current meaning of "sensible and logical gun laws" because that definitions expands every year. Either that or just admit that you won't be happy until every evil firearm ever produced has been confiscated and destroyed! Isn't that really what you want?
Posted 6 March 2018, 8:35 p.m.
Everytime there is a massacre/mass murder, the same arguments keep popping up over and over. In the mean time, nothing gets done to address the problem. Argue the fine points all you want, but keep this in mind as you scream and holler and point fingers. The clock is ticking. Eventually, it will happen again and the cycle will start all over.
So here is my suggestion. Debate, legislate, argue, scream, stomp your feet and cry all you want. I don't really care. In the mean time, let's put protections in place to stop the evil when it comes in to create as much carnage as possible as quickly as possible. Recent history has proven that Gun Free Zone signs protect no one.
A few years ago, the Kansas City area was beseiged by a rash of armed robberies in convenience stores. Once KCMO PD began hiding armed officers in the stores, which resulted in the justified shooting deaths of several perpetrators, the robberies ceased.
Bottom line, when the bad guys were afraid of dying, they quit robbing. Will it be traumatic to the kids if trained, armed security officers eliminate an active shooter before he gets started? Maybe, but which is more traumatic; knowing that a killer was stopped by trained security personnel or watching their friends and teachers murdered and maybe being killed or injured themselves?
So, make all the fuss and noise you want about guns or mental health or the NRA or the court system. It really doesn't matter because, due to our collective lack of doing anything substantial and meaningful, we will soon be burying more kids.
Posted 3 March 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Ken, federal law prohibits selling firearms to convicted felons, anyone with a drug conviction or admitted drug users, those convicted of domestic abuse, anyone dishonorably discharged from the armed forces, people adjudicated mentally ill, anyone on the government terrorist watch lists, those who are not of legal age, and people illegally in the country. As far as handguns are concerned, federal law also prohibits the on the spot selling of handguns to out of state residents. So, who is it exactly that is not on the list of "high risk populations" that you want added?
Posted 25 February 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Actually, Dorothy the problem is that you know nothing of the NRA other than what your preconceived bias and the gun-grabber elitists allow you to believe. While the NRA is based in Conservative values, they also support Democrat candidates who support the Second Amendment. They are also the single largest educator of firearms safety programs in the world. A little research will show you every topic that the NRA teaches. So, the short answer to your question is that they are both, despite what the media wants you to believe.
Posted 25 February 2018, 12:28 p.m.
Interesting conundrum! People want more of a police presence downtown at bar closing, which is fine and might be needed. Here's the rub. My last few years on the police department saw officers at all of our problem bars, downtown and the 9th and Iowa area, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. What people didn't realize was that by having those officers at the bars, other officers were pulled from different sectors of the city to help cover. In other words, most of the city's police resources were tied up in two primary areas and the rest of the city ws left with limited protection with extended response times from back officers due to their locations. So, if you want the officers at the bars, and you want officers patrolling the rest of the city, how much money do you want to spend for more properly trained and equipped officers to make this viable?
Posted 4 February 2018, 1:51 p.m.
Game, Set, match!
Posted 17 January 2018, 9:10 p.m.
Agreed, Dorothy! Good post!
Posted 12 January 2018, 8:49 p.m.
Yes, P Allen! That's exactly what we do. It's called due process and it's just a tiny little right guaranteed under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
Posted 3 January 2018, 8:34 p.m.
Well, Dorothy, I started off agreeing with you until you went into yet another hysterical anti-NRA nonsensical rant! So, let me correct you. First, the NRA will be the first to tell you that they do not condone firing weapons into the air and doing so is a violation of city ordinances and/or state statues, and is definirely not responsible gun ownership. Second, the fact that he had marijuana could, depending on how much pot he had in his possession at the time, get him charged with a federal gun/drug charge. I saw nothing in this news blip that would indicate he had enough pot to warrant federal charges, but it can happen.This means, upon conviction, he cannot own firearms. Third, the NRA doesn't "come after" anyone. The NRA will campaign against anti-gun politicians. The NRA will offer firearms safety classes to educate and train any hysterical, anti-gun leftist who is willing to listen long enough to attend. The NRA will offer Eddie the Eagle firearms safety classes to school age children that teaches them to never touch guns without adult supervision and approval, and if they should find one lying somewhere, to go tell an adult. The NRA will train military, law enforcement, and civilian firearms instructors in all disciplines of firearms training. Finally, the NRA will lead the fight to keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders, such as the SCOTUS ruling that convicted felons are not required to register their firearms as it would violate their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination since they are not allowed to own firearms. See Haynes v. U.S (1968). If you have any other concerns about the NRA, just remain calm and take a National RIfle Association endorsed class.
Posted 2 January 2018, 4:25 p.m.
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