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ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

Our founding fathers were also aware that a despot led government, operating outside of citizen control, could enslave it populace like they had been subjected to prior to the Declaration of Independence. The right to bear arms and a "well regulated militia" was a check on the Federal Government.

The problem isn't guns or gun laws, it is enforcement. Over 80,000 gun applications during the Obama administration that were falsified and led to illegal purchases. These are federal crimes. 44 prosecutions. 44 prosecutions. It makes no darn sense to have gun laws if Joe Biden's excuse is, "We just don't have the time to pursue all of these violators." You, remember him, right, creepy Uncle Joe, the little girl fondler on the photo shoots at the White House?

On Letter to the editor: Guns among us

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ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

Here is how I would reply to you, Peaty Romano. There have been great thinkers/philosophers down through the millennia that have pondered the existence of God. A great deal more have tried to describe what "God" is. I think the greatest explanation of all of this lies in the writings of Thomas Aquinas. To truly understand the "Summa Theologica" and the thinking behind these writings would take years of study and discussion with philosophers that are experts in Western Civilization literature. In today's world of immediate gratification, here comes Peaty Romano demanding "credible evidence." Well, Peaty, I will leave you with this one thought to ponder; The proof and understanding of God resides on the far side of reason. That is to say, when there is no other explanation, when all conscious reasoning has been exhausted, therein resides God.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

Believers in God have no corner of the market on stupidity and evil doers. People that don't believe in God have a lot of culpability in that arena.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

I would disagree that it was their belief in God that caused them pain. It was their misunderstanding, through, I'm sure, no fault of their own, of what God is and what God isn't. Sadly, many well meaning people establish their idea of God and then project it on everyone around them. I give you the Westboro Baptist Church as an example. What this usually serves to do is give Christianity a black eye and fuel anti-Christian rhetoric. We can all agree that most Muslims do not wish to kill homosexuals and transgender individuals. Similarly, I think we can agree that most Christians do not wish to ostracize homosexuals or transgender persons from our midst.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

I'm a conservative nut and I wasn't outraged at all.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

So, what's the problem, then?

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

"Since the average gun nut lacks the IQ or intellectual interests to go there, I don't see a problem."

Funny, that's how I feel about you and common sense.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

Hey, chickens don't kill people. People kill people.

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

@Calvin Anders - Trump never had traction with traditional Republicans. They are ALL "never-trumpers"! Will is just b*tthurt because it isn't business as usual in Washington D.C. anymore. Your assault of Trump are the same words I used on Obama, sub liberal for conservative. Additionally, like you really give a rat's behind what "institutional" Republicans think, anyway!

ScottBurkhart (Scott Burkhart) says...

"A report in January, for instance, showed only eight of the approximately 500 students in the district's gifted program were black, although black students account for about 6.5 percent of the student population. The report also found harsher punishments were disproportionately meted out to students of color, with black students accounting for 17.5 percent of those receiving out-of-school suspensions."

Just a couple of questions regarding this paragraph from the beginning of this article: Are there specific requirements to qualify for the district's "gifted program"? What is the ethnic breakdown of all of the participants in the program? On the question of harsher punishments: Are guidelines for behavioral punishment written in a clear and concise manner? Are these guidelines available for all to access, parents and guardians alike? Are repeat offenders included in the 17.5% of the out-of-school suspensions?

To imply that students are being treated differently based on race is a little myopic. This issue is much deeper than any school board can solve. This issue begins in a home. I know this is not a popular stance but it is certainly accurate. I don't know how to solve it but including more of any ethnicity for the sake of including more, so that percentages change, is not an answer, either. I once had a teacher tell me that a parent/guardian told them that when they drop their child off at school for the day, the child is the school's problem. There is the problem.

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