Letters to the Editor 10-09-17

IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
Judi Donaldson’s letter (Oct. 6) against gun control typifies the standard response to any kind of suggestions to modify some of the laws we currently have regarding guns in this country.
How many times have we heard “well, cars can kill people, so should we ban cars?” If you don’t know the difference between the intended use of a car and that of a gun, you probably should not be allowed to own either one!
After the mass murder of 58 people by someone who used a bump stock (legal) to turn a semi-automatic gun (legal) into a machine gun (illegal) this past week, how can anyone with even an ounce of compassion for other human beings not agree that something must be done to lessen the chance of this happening again?
It appears bump stocks have a chance of being banned since the NRA gave the idea a lukewarm thumbs up, but there are some in Congress who believe this would be an infringement of Second Amendment rights.
Why? Because approving even the most sane actions regarding gun laws may lead to one day having to surrender even your .22 rifle? What is the objection to closing background check loopholes? That the government will know everyone who owns a gun in order to take it from you someday?
And why should someone with known mental illness be allowed to buy a gun? It seems almost every objection to sensible gun laws is based on the fear that all guns will eventually be banned, the old slippery slope theory. What is such paranoid thinking based on?
Judi Donaldson says talking about gun control after someone dies from being shot is “asinine,” but if not after the death of so many innocent people, once again, when is the right time?
Sharon Oldham
Findlay

A HECTIC, BUT WONDERFUL PLACE
As I read the article regarding traffic accidents in Saturday’s Courier (page A3), I realized Friday was a hectic day for EMS, Findlay Police and Fire Department.
I was one of those involved that received the services that we often take for granted.
I just want to express my gratitude to those professionals. EMS, fire staff, the police were there instantly.
I especially appreciate officer Doug Marshall’s kindness, staying with me until my husband arrived. I am grateful to the Chase bank manager who stopped to see if I was OK, the lady from Trends that gave me water as well as Kim, from Main Street Deli, who brought cookies.
We live in a wonderful community.
Judy Hall
Findlay

FIRST STONE CASTER AT IT AGAIN
I see the first stone caster, Wayne Baldridge (letter, Oct. 3), is throwing his flag-waving judgmental rocks from his glass pulpit once again.
However, I see this time he didn’t include the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson kneeling in that unholy Democratic bastion of sin and bedlam of Chicago, in his benediction of Sept. 27, 2017.
That was the same day Tom Daly gave us his 2017 version of why voter suppression is the next best thing to segregation.
It appears that Baldridge has anointed himself our guru as flag waver and patriotism historian.
As for his description of the Marines raising the flag, the picture we have all seen is, in fact, a re-enactment and not the original, as the absence of any bullet dust flying would attest.
Wayne neglected to tell us that flag he touts is the same flag, excepting a few less stars, that flew over black people, like Colin Kaepernick, as slaves for many, many years.
He said that Colin said “cops are pigs.” I guess Wayne had a cold the day the history class learned of all those “white” druggie, flower-child nuts that invented the “cops are pigs” slogan while they were burning “Old Glory” as well as a few bras, before running off to Canada or some commune in California to avoid the draft.
I’ll bet that might have been the same day they were taught about “Helter Skelter,” too.
I reckon the old first stone caster had another cold when the Sunday school lesson was, “judge not, lest ye be judged,” also. Or was it, “love thy neighbor as thyself?”
Jim Brant
McComb



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