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Letter: Our responsibility

December 24, 2012

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To the editor:

On Dec. 14, 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut and six teachers became innocent victims slaughtered by an assault rifle. There are already lame excuses by the gun lobby and NRA as to why automatic “weapons of mass destruction” are essential to our American way of life.  Others will blame it on taking prayer out of our schools, thus rejecting God, so somehow our loving and kind, “Father in Heaven,” as payback, allows such carnage in Newtown along with 9/11, AIDS, and all other bad things imaginable. (Public Forum, Dec. 21)

Assault weapons are designed to kill people, not deer! Today, crazy people determined to slaughter children with assault rifles and 30-round magazines will continue to do so. Prayers in school will not prevent this! Until Congress finds the will power to ban assault weapons and killing clips, innocents will continue to needlessly die.

How many more children does it take until we stand up and solve these deadly, brutal, senseless tragedies? There is one Kansas governor, 535 members of our Congress, slightly over 4.3 million members of the NRA compared to over 300 million citizens of the United States! Who can make these changes? You do the math.  Look in the mirror!

If we don’t address this problem, it is our fault, and we all will be responsible next time. Sadly, next time it could easily happen in Lawrence.  Then, they would be your kids bleeding and dying in our public school classrooms; they would be mine.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 3 months ago

It is our responsibility, not our government's.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 3 months ago

How many children has the military killed overseas in the last few years? The military should be banned from owning weapons of any kind.

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KSManimal 1 year, 3 months ago

Someone please tell Mr. Bennett that no automatic weapons were used in CT. Someone also please tell him that the legal definition of "assault rifle" - as per the now-defunct federal ban - was based on combinations of entirely cosmetic features that have nothing whatsoever to do with the functioning of the rifle. But yeah, we should probably ban everything that looks scary to people who know nothing about it. Oh, and someone should also mention that such "assault rifles" are already banned in CT. Wait....does that mean criminals don't follow the law? Gee, didn't see that coming.

Bottom line is this: legislating restrictions on constitutional rights should not be taken lightly. Even if YOU don't like guns.....next time the legislation might restrict some rights you do enjoy. Every legislative restriction sets a precedent for the next one, and the next, and the next.....

So go ahead and legislate away the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. Then don't be shocked when you see your right to free speech, religion, voting, equal protection of the laws, and more get legislated away....because YOU set the precedent for how much legislative restriction is ok.

If you think those things won't happen, you aren't paying attention: look at voter suppression efforts, union political speech suppression, folks out there saying people shouldn't be allowed to make videos critical of Islam....the list goes on.

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

US Defense Department Military Dictionary: weapons of mass destruction Top

Home > Library > History, Politics & Society > Military Dictionary

(DOD) Weapons that are capable of a high order of destruction and/or of being used in such a manner as to destroy large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction can be high explosives or nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but exclude the means of transporting or propelling the weapon where such means is a separable and divisible part of the weapon. Also called WMD. See also destruction; special operations.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/weapons-of-mass-destruction#ixzz2G1zqspnI

PS: The term wasn't coined until after the ist atomic bomb was invented, so that would pretty well rule out small arms.

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Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

"automatic “weapons of mass destruction”"\

Wow. Do they all believe this?

I stop reading when the preface is so utterly wrong.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

Disarm the criminals then we can talk about disarming me.

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verity 1 year, 3 months ago

  1. All the good any person or organization does can never make up for the bad that they are doing at the same time.

  2. The insistence that a person needs to know the "correct" terms to be able to discuss guns is disingenuous. You know damn well what people are talking about.

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disappointed_regressive 1 year, 3 months ago

The comments above ref; the use of various words and phrases to frame the gun debate is a tried-and-true tactic of the left, and the leftist media.

Repeat it often enough and people just start believing it. And it is despicable to demonize the NRA. The NRA and many of their affiliates, like Friends of NRA have been extremely effective in teaching youngsters gun safety and proper handling of firearms whether on the range or in the hunting fields and woods---teaching them things they'll use for the rest of their lives.

Shame on NRA bashers.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 3 months ago

Curt, Curt, you and several """PAPER KILLERS"" haven"t one iota what you are writting about , like Mary Ann way to much TV NEWS MEDIA in you letter writting. Also where can you get one of the"" AUTOMATIC WEAPONS,"" you wrote about, do you own a class three license, there buster??

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gl0ck0wn3r 1 year, 3 months ago

LTE lost me when he used the phrase weapons of mass destruction.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

Gun control is difficult to achieve and will not happen overnight. But one thing we can do is start changing our culture. Do not condone the glorification of violence by attending movies that promote killing and gun violence.

I've seen trailers for upcoming movies that have the hero shooting and killing. Why? Yes, they have the right to make such movies, but they send the wrong message and we should not support that message.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 3 months ago

"killing clips"? How on earth do you people communicate when making up phrases like this on a daily basis?

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Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

The LTE writer loses all credibility when they begin with a lie. The NRA has not said automatic weapons are essential to our way of life.

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 3 months ago

IF you listened to the CEO of the NRA, you would have heard him say that assult rifles and other arms are not for public use, they are military arms and should be used ONLY by the military. A BAN on them for public sale and use should be passed through our congress immediately. There was no discussion from his standpoint and he was very much encouraging for the congress to pass such legislation. Your points are well taken and already have been discussed by all, including the NRA.

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