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Gun surtax solution keeps everybody happy

I believe that all Americans should be able to purchase any type of gun, ammunition and accessory that is available. This right is protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Now for my idea. I believe there is a model in place we can use: smokers. I suggest a tax be placed on all gun, ammunition and accessory sales. A 100 percent tax should be a good start and can be increased at a later date if needed. This money would be used to increase the presence of good guys with guns – just like the National Rifle Association wants. These good guys could be used to protect schools, shopping malls, theaters and any other place that a bad guy with a gun could be. This money could be used by local, state and federal agencies to protect us from the bad guys with guns.

Additionally, all gun shows would have to be approved by local and state agencies and monitored by Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms officers. Of course, there would have to be only federally licensed gun dealers at these shows, and all buyers would have to have a current gun license and there would be a 100 percent charge on all items sold. Online sales would be allowed, but only by federally licensed dealers, and of course the 100 percent charge on all purchases.

This solution should please everybody. The gun enthusiast can now go out and purchase that mortar they always wanted and the rest of use will have the comfort of added protection from our governments. Happy hunting.


Shepherds’ group lacking in female representation

On Jan. 10, The Journal Gazette ran an article on the formation of Shepherds United, a coalition of clergy “to assert their values by speaking out on hot-button social issues, including abortion, preserving traditional marriage and challenges to religious liberty.”

I went to their website and found that nearly all of these clergy appear to be male. Surely Shepherds United’s interest in an issue that so directly affects women, as abortion does, should include them in its group. But that does not appear to be the case.


House bill gives force to end-of-life choices

We believe the most important legislation facing the legislature this session is the adoption of House Bill 1182, the Indiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST). This bill ensures that the medical community will consider and support our end-of-life medical decisions.

The bill directs the department of health to develop a POST form that travels with the patient. The POST form contains physician orders to help ensure our wishes for end-of-life health care are respected.

The POST form should be discussed with your doctor when you are faced with the likelihood of death within a year. The form is specifically meant for seriously ill patients with advanced progressive illness or a terminal illness. When the time comes for the doctor to care instead of cure, the POST form is appropriate.

We all want to die with dignity and have our wishes for a peaceful death honored. This legislation encourages our physician and family to work together to respect our goals for treatment. We urge you to contact your legislator and let them know you support this important bill.

The sample POST form and questions and answers about POST are available on our website at

KEITH P. HUFFMAN Dale, Huffman & Babcock Bluffton