WE ARE ALL TO BLAME
I totally agree with this script we hear following each massacre of innocent Americans.
The weapons — the guns designed and sold for the sole purpose of killing people — are not to blame, the blame falls on “all” of us.
The guy who pulled the trigger, the guys who sold the weapons, the company who designed and manufactured the weapons, the lobbyists (NRA) who promote these offensive weapons through their magazines and agendas, the legislators who bow to this very vocal minority and allow them to set policy, and all of you who look the other way when you vote, re-electing these legislators who continue to shirk their Second Amendment obligation to regulate our “militia” well.
This past weekend, a Facebook post displayed side-by-side photos of a set of lawn jarts, and one of the grizzly military style weapons used by the Las Vegas killer. The caption read, “Which of these is illegal to purchase in the U.S.” Perfectly put!
In all other segments of our lives, products that put us in harm’s way are taken out of production, but not when it comes to these meat-grinder weapons.
For the two weeks following this most recent slaughter, every agency has been trying to profile the shooter, put him in a risky category so they can offer another “excuse” for why this happened and how we might prevent the next guy “like him” from killing your loved ones through social counseling, ignoring the one common factor in most recent events — military-grade, high-capacity weapons.
But this time they are coming up short. This guy falls into the most dangerous category of all: He was everybody’s “regular guy” next-door neighbor.
Nobody needs semi-automatic, military-style weapons with 30-50 round clips to defend their home and family.
SHOOTERS NOT ALWAYS EXPERTS
James Jaffe (letter, Oct. 10) states: “I also know that the Second Amendment is not a license to obtain any kind of weapon a person’s heart may desire.”
In a Supreme Court case, Caetane vs Massachusetts (2016), the Supreme Court reiterated its earlier rulings that “the Second Amendment extends prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” and in that its protection is not limited to “only those weapons useful in warfare.”
Being a “shooter” does not make one an expert in constitutional law. The 1994 ban was revoked 10 years later because it was found to be unconstitutional.
The definition of an assault weapon does not rest on individual opinions. The best defense against any force is an equal or greater force.
LAWS WON’T STOP MASS MURDERS
To Sharon Oldham (letter, Oct. 9) and others who think legal gun owners condone violence, you’re wrong. We don’t, we are disgusted by it.
But the common sense “gun controls” that are so popular after each and every mass shooting offer false hope and would only work if there were some way to deter those who choose to break the moral and civil law not to kill.
A person willing to commit mass murder and then kill themselves is not going to be stopped by another law.
ADD WOODSIDE TO THE LIST
I would like to add to Eric Gelbaugh’s “Side streets being ignored” letter (Viewpoint, Oct. 7). Add Woodside Drive to the list of side streets being ignored.
New waterlines were installed in August with work being completed mid-September. The work could have been completed sooner, however, the crews worked a couple of days a week and there was at least one week they didn’t work at all. Our lawns and driveways were torn up and a month after the completion of the project, our property is still in disarray.
Does the city not realize that the window for laying blacktop is rapidly closing, and I certainly don’t want a muddy mess in my lawn come spring.
Oh, and by the way, please use grass seed when repairing our lawns, not the “weed” seed that was used along Fostoria Avenue.
I did place a call to the Engineering Department and was directed to the project manager. I received his voice mail and left a message. Did I expect a return call? Yes. Did I receive one? No.
Now, I realize this type of work needs to be done. However, the city should have had the courtesy to contact the residents to advise them this work was being planned along with the time frame.
I had my driveway repaved in May. It’s a pretty good guess that I would have postponed that project had I known it was going to be dug up.
As Gelbaugh stated: “I just wanted to light a fire under a couple of people’s cabooses” to get this work completed. It’s way past due!