Letter: Wrong answer

January 6, 2013


To the editor:

Mike Hoeflich suggests that a “renewed draft” could curb gun violence (Journal-World, Jan. 2). An interesting thought — members of the armed forces never commit criminal violence, well, except for Major Hassan, Timothy McVey, Lee Harvey Oswald, Charles Whitman, but they must be the only ones.

Can you imagine any recruiter accepting Adam Lanza? As far as identifying people, many of these killers had long been recognized as troubled. James Holmes (oops, too old anyway) was seeing a psychiatrist; Seung-Hui Cho (the Virginia Tech shooter) had received mental health services for years (one of the objections raised was that the university did not have access to this information). Friends of the Lanzas say Adam’s mother tried to get him psychiatric help.

It’s difficult — and should be — to require anyone to get mental health treatment. Cho was ordered to get help. But if recruiters did locate someone who was dangerously ill, resources for mental health care are increasingly limited.

And speaking of recruiters — how many people and how much money would it cost to process all our young people and pay, feed, clothe and house them for two years?

Also, Hoeflich is not speaking of the draft (Selective Service.) He’s suggesting another idea that has been consistently rejected as expensive and inefficient: universal military training. He would have “all young people,” without considering people with retardation, chronic diseases, gang members and addicts, people in wheelchairs and young parents.

Surely, professor, we can come up with something better for far less money.


Nikonman 1 year, 3 months ago

Why does anyone think a Draft would work after Jimmy Carter gave blanket amnesty to those who fled to Canada and other countries. He set a precedent that will never be forgotten. For the most part it was inner city blacks and poor white trash that did the dying in Vietnam, not the college boys.


acg 1 year, 3 months ago

Can't believe I'm getting ready to say this, and it hurts a little (I won't lie)...Liberty is right. If someone is going to go psycho, forcing them into compulsory service to their country isn't going to all of a sudden transform them into a responsible young person. Some people are just effed in the head and all we can do is lock them away from the rest of us and try to get them some help. As for the rest of the citizens, we can't cower in our houses in fear of everything that goes bump in the night. Gun crimes are horrible, especially the ones recently, but they kill a small percentage of the population. Booze, cars, tobacco, drugs, cancer, etc. all kill tons of people every day. What are we going to pick to be most afraid of: gunmen, cars, psychos, cigarettes, the myriad cancer causing agents, sex pervs, terrorists, republicans? The list goes on and on......


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 3 months ago

We have enough discipline problems in the military with our young troops as it is with a volunteer force. I can't imagine how much worse it would be if you threw in kids that didn't even want to be there.

I'd spend 95% of my time as a SNCO dealing with problem children thus taking time away from my mentor-ship of those that want to be there and aren't a problem.

Compulsory service? No thanks. I only have time for the people that want to learn.


Kontum1972 1 year, 3 months ago

in regards to Vietnam...and its soldiers....forced induction to fight a war that we should never of been involved with President Kennedy said their would not be American soldiers pushed into that civil war, that's why he had his green berets/special forces. Kennedy knew about war since he was involved with WW2 in the Pacific, and look how long that mess in both theaters waged on. Once the the forces that be eliminated him it was a free for all with LBJ and his buddies/military industrial complex....and so folks how long did that wage on? LBJ even wanted to nuke the place....but that would of pissed off the Russians, the Chinese then it would of been a really whole different ball game. You all need to remember the Cuban missile crisis I was in the 5th grade when that happened.....but Nikita backed off. I don't remember meeting any rich kids when I was in the Army during that war.....nothing but draftees except for the officers out of OCS and ROTC...or West Pointers...and the reference to China and Sun Tzu and the Art of War...or H. Paul Varley


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 3 months ago

I thought Mike Hoeflich's idea had some merit, especially when put in the context of dealing with the number of high school dropouts hanging out on the streets of our cities. Some of these dropout factories are reaching dropout rates over 75%.

I think the comments made in criticism of Mike were exaggerated to say the least.

I have a friend from the South side of Chicago who told me that it was a war zone there and the only answer he could think of was to bring in the National Guard. The problems are much more complicated than simply blaming the NRA and guns. That is really about as stupid as stupid can get.

We are a dumbed down nation because we are only "allowed two positions" on any issue; the Democratic Liberal Extreme position and the Republican Conservative Extreme position. The politics of our country is destroying our country's ability to be a leader in solving problems of the 21st century. We may be following China in 20 years because they may prove to be better at solving problems. Who knows?

This is why our country is falling down in the world and we have already lost our leadership position in the eyes of the world. We have become the butt of jokes.


Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

All the people in government need to collectively solve this is more of your money.

Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new taxes this year By Alexander Bolton - 01/07/13 05:00 AM ET

Democrats say they want to "take" as much as $1 trillion "from you" later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

  • Wellness
  • prescription drugs
  • hospital
  • surgical
  • outpatient services
  • primary and preventive care
  • emergency services
  • dental
  • home health
  • physical therapy
  • rehabilitation (including for substance abuse)
  • vision care
  • hearing services including hearing aids
  • chiropractic
  • durable
  • medical equipment
  • palliative care
  • long term care

No deductibles No Co-pays

Allow IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL to be available now to all taxpaying consumers and let them make the choice. The mechanism is in place as we speak.

IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All leaves choice of doctors,clinics,hospital and services across the board to the consumer.

Single-Payer (HR 676 and S 703) Expanded Medicare for All Physicians for a National Health Program


Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

How about accepting the fact that the world is not Utopia? When anyone is born they are handed a post dated death certificate at the same time. People can decide to huddle in their home in fear, and have greater risk of dieing by falling in the bath than getting shot.


Larry Sturm 1 year, 3 months ago

Most countrys require 2 years of military service and without pay. There are a lot of things people can do besides combat. It would enhance their view of having a country to live or die for. and the freedom of choice.


Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

Brainstorming is an effective means for coming up with great solutions, but these ideas don't start out as great initially. They are changed, tempered and tweaked until a good idea evolves.

For brainstorming to be effective you have to respect the ideas thrown out.

Maybe the idea of military service isn't perfect, but instead of slamming it build on it or offer an alternative solution. If we want to make progress we can't just bash ideas, but instead we must build on them and offer ideas of our own.


rtwngr 1 year, 3 months ago

is it ok to say "retardation"? Just asking.


Jackie Jackasserson 1 year, 3 months ago

It is ok to say an option is bad even if you do not currently have an alternative response.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 3 months ago

"Surely, professor, we can come up with something better for far less money."

So, what is it? People are critical of others but come up with no solution themselves. Until you do, you should keep quiet.


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