Letters to the Editor for Dec. 18, 2012


Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.

The gun insanity continues to haunt us

The insanity continues. There is no reason for assault weapons to be allowed to anyone who isn't in the armed services or law enforcement.

How many more innocent people have to die for no reason? Where does it say in the Second Amendment that we have the right to own weapons with no purpose other than killing people as quickly as possible?

This has nothing to do with defending yourself. This has to do with the ease of acquiring a weapon of mass destruction. If you think this doesn't affect you, think again. If we don't protect those who are least able to protect themselves, we have failed.

I hope every parent and grandparent will search their conscience this holiday season and demand that we eliminate assault weapons. How many more children do we have to bury before we take action?

Mary Jay McClave,

Micanopy

Don't blame guns, blame the sociopaths

Once again, a typical reaction to the tragedy in Connecticut. An entire country mourns the loss of children, and the same tired voices announce support for meaningless actions.

How have some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States reduced the murder rate in Chicago or Washington, D.C.? How have some of the strictest gun control laws in the world reduced the murder rate in Mexico?

The latest massacres were not propagated by career criminals, but by insane sociopaths.

The Connecticut killer apparently did not have a “right” to his guns: He was under age in that state for guns found at the scene, mentally ill and, as criminals do, stole his guns, in this case reportedly from his slain mother.

Sad? Terribly. The fault of gun laws? No way. These killers are already breaking laws and have no concern for more laws.

Lee Hardenbrook,

Starke

Why we are armed

Thomas Jefferson: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

John Wilson,

Newberry

Put armed people in the schools

These school killings are a tragedy especially when the number of people killed or injured could be reduced. How?

Just as we put armed marshals on airplanes, we've got to have armed people in our schools. We don't have to have a SWAT team sitting at the door, just a few teachers, volunteers or administrative personnel qualified with a handgun and willing to get involved.

We also must teach our children to stop acting like sheep going to the slaughter, just sitting, hanging their heads waiting for the bullet. They must be taught to fight for their lives.

Richard Coleman,

Gainesville

NRA's assumptions are seriously flawed

The totally armed civil society advocated by the NRA assumes that every gun owner is always a hundred percent alert, perfectly sane, shoots with 100 percent accuracy, law-abiding, and shoots only for purposes of self-defense.

That's exactly why no soldier ever dies from friendly fire. That's why no officer ever leads a surprise attack, because it's not as if the enemy ever lets down its guard. That's why there's never any “collateral damage” or civilian casualties. That's why no soldier ever commits suicide or murder.

That's why there's no such thing as “war crimes.”

Richard Burt,

Gainesville

Blaming guns again

Here we go again, with the Democrats using Rahm's Postulate to turn a tragedy into political advantage.

I suggest that we disarm the Secret Service, Senate and House security and the personal bodyguards for Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg, et al., for a four-year period before proposing any more ineffective and futile gun laws.

It will be interesting to see what these leftists have to say at that time, because it is really their lives that they are concerned about, not regular citizens who face the goblins every day.

J.D. Henderson,

Gainesville

Guns, guns, guns!

Guns! Guns! Guns are the issue! Are you kidding me?

What about a culture that cares so little about life it promotes an attitude that if it's inconvenient, just kill it!

A culture that worships the killing and violence promoted in movies and video games.

A culture that despises the moral foundation of the last 200 years.

A culture that acts surprised when its children embrace the moral decay!

Guns? I think not! The real problem: look in the mirror!

Rob Rutan,

Gainesville

War on children

There is a war on children in America: A school massacre kills 20 in Connecticut, deaths caused by the boyfriends of single mothers kill dozens each year, and millions have been killed in abortion.

Even President Obama, who said in response to the school massacre that every child's life has promise, blocked an Illinois bill that would have required medical attention for every child born alive in a “botched” abortion attempt, thus allowing the practice of killing those children to continue.

Every child should be cherished.

M. F. Sullivan,

Gainesville

GPD was there for us

With the events of Friday past, it was very hard to take my two 5-year-old children to school Monday morning. I was heartened by the presence of a Gainesville police officer at Stephen Foster Elementary, ensuring that my precious children and those of my community, were safe.

A big thank you to the Police Department! My prayers and consolations to the grieving parents and community in Newtown, Conn.

Jana Ronan,

Gainesville

Outrageous remark

Mike Huckabee said he blames the Connecticut shooting on lack of “God in schools.” This was a simplistic and outrageous remark. Perhaps he should have asked why the Bible Belt loves their guns and prevents elected officials from meaningful gun controls to prevent continuous deaths.

Carl Larson,

Alachua

Say no to murder

The right to own a gun for protection was guaranteed by the Constitution before semi-automatic rifles existed.

Say no to murder

Say no to gun lobbists

Bury your weapons, not our children.

Ellen Zeldin,

Gainesville

Speechless Obama

Am I the only one who noticed that our great and passionate president couldn't even speak about the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday without reading from a script, probably written by someone else?

George Martin,

Branford

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