published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Assault rifles are weapons of mass destruction
We know we live in a dangerous world -- we're warned about it enough. Almost everywhere you turn people wring their hands saying, life has never been so violent, we have never been so unsafe.
Those who survived the fall of Rome might disagree or those who lived through plagues and wars lasting 100 years.
The world has always been dangerous, and always will be. Even if no one ever picks up a weapon again, there will be tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, tidal waves and floods to survive, not to mention automobile accidents and falling in the bathtub.
Harsh as it is to say, there is no such thing as being entirely safe.
It's when terrible things happen, like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, that our vulnerability can't be denied; when the first and most common reaction is the want to curl up at the back of a closet.
As adults, however, it is our responsibility to clear our heads and decide what to do to keep our children safer. We mean really safer.
We do not believe putting armed guards in schools will keep harm from happening for several reasons.
A guard cannot be at every entrance to a school. A single individual can easily be out-maneuvered, out-gunned or out-manned.
There are twisted people whose goal is to "die by cop." Adding armed guards may only excite maniacs to action just for the adrenaline rush.
We are most opposed to armed guards, however, because there are better and more sensible things to do.
Schools are still the safest place for children. In the first place, the odds against an attack are very low; administrators are keenly aware of danger and have created plans to respond to any attack; and teachers have shown time and time again they are willing to die protecting their students.
The object is to keep violence away from children.
Positioning cameras in parking lots and at approaches to school entrances, wired to monitors inside the school, gives those inside an early warning. That, however, certainly isn't all that needs to be done.
If we are to truly make a difference, there are bigger problems that need to be solved, one of the biggest being mental health care.
Tina Dupuy pointed out in her guest column in our Wednesday edition, that the federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agency is currently underfunded, and making due without a full-time director. This means unscrupulous gun dealers have almost free rein to sell weapons without checking a customer's background, or selling to straw purchasers who move guns along to anyone who wants one.
We need to halt the sale of assault rifles and cartridge clips with enough bullets to kill dozens of people. These weapons and accessories were not designed for hunting or target practice.
The time has come for a serious discussion and legislative action. If we are sincere about protecting our children we have to make sacrifices -- although living without assault weapons can hardly be called a sacrifice.
Spelling...again (by: Paul - 2/17/2013)
Tyranny ... Nice try Dab
blah blah blah (by: Blindman - 2/16/2013)
gun control, blah blah blah, people don't kill but guns do, blah blah blah government will feed us and protect us so we won't need to and we don't need guns blah blah blah obama blah blah blah...... oh please!
2nd Admendment (by: Ray Napper - 2/16/2013)
No problem, join a militia. The 2nd has nothing to do with common sense. We kill more people every year in this country than most countries do in war. Your rights end where it infringes on mine. You can drive a car just like me but you can't drive it 70 mph in a school zone. There are rules. We "the people" are pretty tired of no restraints. You couldn't handle the freedom. You were like the kid off to college leaving home for the first time and finding the fun in partying. Well the party is over. Rules are coming. No longer will you take an AK-47 into the woods to deer hunt. No longer will a police officer have to worry that some nut case has better weapons and better ammo in a 30 round clip. There are many reason to impose rules. The fact that you believe there is no room for discussion shows why there won't be. And please write back and tell us about how you'll let them take your weapon from your cold dead fingers...I think under the correct circumstances they'll find that an acceptable offer.I have read history BTW and many of the countries you attempt to use are just red herring at best and outright lies at worst. The poor people didn't have guns to take. They took over by dividing the citizens into groups. Just substitute the words Jews for Latino and you're on your way. And for those who would take up arms against the government rather than use a ballot box, well you may find that you are not in the majority...and no I didn't write nor agree with ALL of the column.
Guns (by: Shlemiel Levinowitz - 2/16/2013)
No amendment is absolute. This includes the 2nd amendment. There already are 2nd amendment restrictions. Gun supporters, with the attitude of 'all or nothing', need to be careful they do not end up with the laws leaning toward the 'nothing'. Also, please check the facts regarding Hitler's Germany. The population was not actually disarmed, with exception of primarily the Jews and Gypsies. This is a falsehood that has been perpetuated by those wishing to make a false point. Also, another famous quote that is not true, is that Admiral Yamamoto said "Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass.". To all of us, we need to check all the facts and not just ones we like. Let the facts determine our opinion and not our opinion determine the facts.
Really?!? (by: LP Gator - 2/16/2013)
While we're at it; let's ban forks and spoons to cure the nation's obesity problem!
Assault weapons (by: tom walsh - 2/16/2013)
First, you fail to define "assault weapons". Second, any weapon, which can be used against a person could be classified as an assault weapon since it could be used to assault another -- DUH!!
Assault rifles (by: Larry J Overfield - 2/16/2013)
The second amendment was written by our founding fathers to protect the citizens of this country from the government. It is only those who want to be controlled by the government, and those in the government who want to control its citizens that are crying for gun control. A person who wants to do harm to innocents does not need firearms, check your history to see this fact.
WTF!!!!! (by: dab - 2/16/2013)
the author of this article is a complete idiot and needs an education on firearms and the 2nd amendment . We have the right to choose the firearm we want to use to defend our family from tierney .
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