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Gun control new form of imposed dependence

According to the letters printed, everyone is bent on trashing our Constitution and the precious Bill of Rights freedoms that are set forth with great clarity for all generations to benefit from.

The Bill of Rights defines what is necessary to protect freedom. Freedom for all can never be protected by restricting freedom to one group or another. Our problems arise because we no longer know how to live properly in a free society.

Consider the right and freedom one possesses to protect himself from harm. If the president and his supporters are successful in getting more gun control legislation passed that restricts the public’s right to own weapons to protect themselves, and the country is supposedly made safer, does anyone think for a moment that the president will divest himself of his horde of well-armed bodyguards when he ventures out in public? Certainly not, and that is because there will always exist threats to his life, and he has a right to be protected from them. Similarly, you and I will continue to have threats to our lives even after the legislation is passed. We likewise have a right to well-armed protection.

Wake up, America. Gun control legislation is not about protecting the public. It is about disarming America to the point that citizens become powerless to take care of themselves.


Public venues like Coliseum no place for gun shows

As we wait on Washington to consider pursuing the reasonable action of limiting access to assault rifles, banning large-volume ammo clips and closing the gun show loophole, perhaps there is something we can ask of our local officials. Banning gun shows is a bit far-reaching, but it seems quite possible to ban gun shows in city- and county-owned buildings.

As a taxpayer, I have always winced as I pass the “gun show” signage outside the Coliseum. With a significant number of licensed gun dealers in our area, I wonder what is the need for providing yet another location to purchase handguns and semi-automatic assault rifles – especially when sales from such events don’t require the scrutiny expected from those year-round licensed dealers. More importantly, why is a publicly owned venue made available for this purpose?

Until the gun show loophole is closed, I ask local officials to no longer make the public buildings I support through tax dollars available for gun shows. Just say “no” until Washington enacts the needed legislation to hold these shows accountable.


Unions’ ‘sleeping giant’ must be awakened

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker declared war on middle-class working folks and almost got thrown out of office; the rich saved him.

Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels saw how Walker won and declared war on middle-class working folks and won. Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, seeing how they won and lied to the people, did an about-face and declared war on middle-class working folks and won.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto declared war and won temporarily. He said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.”

I have been a union member all my working life and am in retirement. I’ve seen employers mistreat workers in nonunion companies. I also know how unions take advantage of spineless companies.

Collective bargaining is an answer, and it is dead for now. Wake up, American workers. As our president said, what they’re talking about is giving you the right to work for less money – and, I add, less safety and good working conditions.