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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 12, 2018 1:00 am

Letters

Voice anger at polls

This is a message to those of you who want Karen Richards to resign as prosecutor.

I know you are angry because someone you love is a crime victim and the crime hasn't been solved. If that happened to me, I would feel the same as you. My heart goes go out to you.

What you don't realize is that there are numerous times Richards has taken her case to the judge only to get chewed out for wasting the court's time and money for lack of evidence and witnesses and have her case get thrown out of court.

Now she is reluctant to risk facing an angry judge.

She has made her decision not to resign.

If you want her out of office so badly, then register to vote, go to the polls and use your right to vote her out at the next election.

We'll see whether it was her fault and whether her replacement can do any better obtaining evidence or getting witnesses to come forward.

After that, it will be up to the judge to decide.

DANIEL MAYFIELD

Fort Wayne

Confiscation wrong way to stop school shootings

I recently attended a town meeting with Rep. Jim Banks. After his opening statements, he opened it up to the public. I would say the majority of the crowd were teachers or had school interests.

They nearly all complained that something had to be done to stop school shootings. I agree. But what most wanted wasn't the answer. Probably the most-stressed thing was we need to get rid of military rifles (like the AR-15). Some made the statement that they aren't needed for personal protection. Wrong. If someone invades your territory, loaded to the hilt with heavy weapons, what are you going to accomplish with a single-shot .22 or even a semi-automatic .22?

Raising the age to 21 isn't going to stop those who want one from getting what they want if they have the money.

Disarming the public would be a disaster for us. Terrorists could walk in and have a heyday.

As for our schools, a few well-trained teachers, custodians or other school workers could serve as the best deterrent.

If some individual comes in to cause trouble but knows there are armed individuals there, they would likely change their mind.

And if they are “nuts” and willing to die, they'll do it anyway.

The biggest problem is our news media keep pounding on these issues day after day, just giving others the idea they can make news by doing the same thing.

The news also has to give the full details on what and how they carry out their work; that gives the next guy a way to figure a better way.

There are a lot of ways to cause this kind of destruction other than with guns. Let's stop blaming the gun.

A gun won't do a thing by itself; it's the nut behind it.

Get your heads on straight. Collecting guns by law would only get those of the general public who use guns for protection or sport, but not the lawless. That would be worse.

Gene Biberstein

Bluffton

'What could ... go wrong?'

If our gun laws are properly revised and enforced to prevent mass killings by the mentally ill, the unstable and major lawbreakers, Donald J. Trump will not be allowed nor should he be allowed to purchase or own a firearm.

Yet we've put our vast nuclear arsenal in the hands of a delusional, paranoid, vindictive, totally mendacious bully who can't take the slightest criticism without retaliation.

What could possibly go wrong?

Gaylen E. Twigg

Fort Wayne