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Letter: Screening error?

February 13, 2013

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To the editor:

After my initial shock at the killings by U.S. Navy veteran and ex-cop Christopher Dorner in Los Angeles, I was reminded of the pieces in the Journal-World by the dean and the retired lieutenant colonel recommending that everyone serve in the military or at least be screened by them to avoid gun violence.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 7 months ago

Anne, your letter is insensitive and it is distasteful that you would use these tragedies to make a point. Young men and women can enter the military as healthy, mentally balanced individuals but through the course of fighting for us, the horrors of war can take their toil.

The man who killed Chris Kyle was suffering from the effects of service. He was ill and Kyle was trying to help him. It is tragic that he committed an act of violence, but it is equally tragic that you'd use him to make your point.

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Enlightenment 1 year, 7 months ago

Fred, the writer is simply pointing out that the Military may not provide adequate screening to avoid gun violence.

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bad_dog 1 year, 7 months ago

I believe she was referencing the ex-cop/veteran & murderer, Chris DORNER, not Kyle.

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woodscolt 1 year, 7 months ago

So fred, if I follow you correctly, then you would say the congress's exploitation of Brian Terry's death as well as the deaths of our diplomats in Benghazi is equally tragic. Exploiting a tragedy and especially the loss of American citizens to move the exploiters agenda is not only a tragedy but just plain wrong.

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Fred Mertz 1 year, 7 months ago

Yep, exploration of victims is wrong including what the president did last night with Gifford to move his gun control agenda.

My principles are universal and not swayed by party affiliation. It is either right or wrong regardless of party

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 7 months ago

Did you mean "exploitation"?

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 7 months ago

Today's military requires a certain level of intelligence and competence. They test people before admitting them. It should not be a place for the drop outs, the indigent, or those seeking to escape punishment for their actions.

Whether someone is in the military or not when do they become so mentally ill that they are no longer responsible for their actions? How do those who would treat them find out about these people? How do they force them to get treatment and stay in treatment and take their medications as prescribed?

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't remember my uncles or dad killing anwbody when they came home from WW 2, what"s going on these days with the mind set of people?? Doc are you reading this----------?

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