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Letter to the editor: Stand against guns

February 20, 2018

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To the editor:

Last week, a day before the latest hideous shooting tragedy, a pitched battle raged in Topeka: Moms, dads, teachers, professors, students, alumni, homemakers and many others lined up against the NRA and its latest “put guns everywhere” concealed carry reciprocity bill. House Bill 2042 would effectively lower the age at which a person could carry a concealed weapon to 18, with only the most minimal of licensing requirements.

The law would allow 70-plus percent of KU students to legally bring firearms to campus and would place ever more guns in our largest lecture halls, freshman chemistry labs and fraternity parties.

Great points were made against the bill like: There’s no Second Amendment argument for putting guns on campus because our Founding Fathers kept guns off the campus they ran. If you really believe in reciprocity, how about a marijuana law reciprocity with Colorado? And the military bars 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying private firearms on post for good reason; perhaps we should too.

If you don’t like guns in classrooms and every corner of our society, call Sen. Bud Estes and the rest of the Federal and State Affairs

Committee. Then join one of the groups actively resisting the NRA’s money-fueled gun violence lawmaking machine: Grandparents, join Moms Demand Action; KU Alumni and students, support Fail Campus Carry; members of the faith community, help Kansas Interfaith Action; and faculty members, become active in the American Association of University Professors. Grumbling to ourselves won’t solve this one. We must stand together.

Comments

Bill Pasquel 2 months ago

Oh, Geez..Here we go..Or, "And their Off!" This is going to be very entertaining.

Hey - "Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Committee A Chair, Kansas Conference of the American Association of University Professors"...(Am laughing as I type this) Can you or some of the other "Professors" of your ilk please provide the popcorn which, we, as taxpayers provide for your salary and are going to have a great time reading? Pass the popcorn...Hehehe.

As far as you commentary, can you please expound on whatever "worldly" or at home in the parents basement you have with firearms? Geez, again.

Not to make it personal but, a hyphenated last name for a "man"? Ewww... What is up with that Ron?

God Bless our President and Commander in Chief of the United States of America. Donald J. Trump.

Don Brennaman 2 months ago

your make fun of his name? your name sounds mexican. I'd suggest a ged from nra and a masters from trump u.can you not say anything about merican guvament without relying on some god that most of the world dudn't believe in. or is your name really nikita pasquelskya? go away troll

Bill Pasquel 2 months ago

Don - "your name sounds mexican". You're killing me, Donny!! Love it!..Regarding your comment, shouldn't "mexican" be spelled with a "M"??..HEHEHE!!!...

And, please, help me to correct you as you are not able to even spell the word of a country which does not have its own vocabulary, but also makes you sound very ignorant, and racist at the same time. 'Is ya a speekin meksikan'?...Hehehe!!

You see, Donny. To say a name sounds "mexican" would be similar, but on a slightly lower level, to ask if I speak "american" - without and "A" to your vernacular.

Did you mean to ask if my name was Hispanic, or is that a new word for your limited vocabulary? To answer, and really pay attention on this one, it is Irish. Now, are you going to ask me if I speak Irish?.....LOL!!

THEY WALK AMONGST US!

Thanks, Don. I love your first name. It reminds me of our blessed President of the United States of America - Donald Trump!

Bill Pasquel 2 months ago

"They're". "Your". Spell check these days... God Bless our President of the United States of America and the United States of America!

Bob Smith 2 months ago

I'm amazed that a chair can type.

Bill Pasquel 2 months ago

I'm amazed that he doesn't understand the "mexican" language....And to think that this person is "Committee A Chair, Kansas Conference of the American Association of University Professors"....Dear Lord....

God Bless Donald Trump!!

Bob Summers 2 months ago

If only there were armed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

If only

Think of the snow-flakes that could have been saved.

Dennis Domer 2 months ago

Dear Bob and Bill,

The correlation between gun deaths and the number of guns available is almost 1 to 1. What's wrong with your picture?

DD

Bob Smith 2 months ago

There haven't been over 300 million people killed by firearms in America. Work on your math skills.

Bob Smith 2 months ago

Creating laws and regulations in the heat of the moment is how we wound up with people of Japanese ancestry forced into interment camps in the 1940s.

P Allen Macfarlane 2 months ago

That claim is just a stall tactic by politicians in the pocket of the NRA. We've had enough instances of: "Oh, Gee, sorry for your loss. Let's wait until you cool down so I won't have to make any decision that might imperil my political contributions form the NRA"

Bob Smith 2 months ago

In P World, the impact of the NRA is staggeringly overstated.

Don Brennaman 2 months ago

hey bubba, all we got is heat of the moment

David Hann 2 months ago

If hopes and prayers work so well, why not dissolve Trump's protective service and surround him with evangelists?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 months ago

Pass a red flag law, so the police have some way to confiscate guns of someone who is mentally unstable.

Require extensive training, loading, cleaning, shooting, and safely storing several types of guns, not just reading about laws and safety.

All gun purchases must be done through licensed dealers and a background check.

Expand the reporting of mentally troubled people. If hey want off the list they can go through an evaluation to prove they are not dangerous.

Or do nothing and hope it isn't your kid who is killed next.

Brock Masters 2 months ago

Pass a red flag law, so the police have some way to confiscate guns of someone who is mentally unstable.

Agree provided there is due process for the accused and they can face their accuser.

Require extensive training, loading, cleaning, shooting, and safely storing several types of guns, not just reading about laws and safety.

Disagree unless voluntary and paid for with tax dollars. Just like a poll tax deters the poor from voting, the cost of this type of training will strip many of their right simply because they are poor.

All gun purchases must be done through licensed dealers and a background check.

The vast majority are and those individual sales are not the problem.

Expand the reporting of mentally troubled people. If hey want off the list they can go through an evaluation to prove they are not dangerous.

Agree. Makes perfect sense to me.

Or do nothing and hope it isn't your kid who is killed next.

Agree we must do something and something can be done if we stop focusing on taking away rights and coming up with reasonable solutions like you just suggested.

Don Brennaman 2 months ago

like the right for kids to live without fear of dying in school?

Brock Masters 2 months ago

There is no right for kids or anyone else to live without fear. It is an expectation and we should all work to make sure our children are safe in schools and elsewhere.

Let’s invest in the type of security we provide for travelers, concert goers and sports attendees for our children while they are at school.

I call on all the anti-2nd amendment politicians, celebrities and rich to lead by example Give up your guns and armed security to show the world we don’t need guns to protect us - we can depend on LEO.

Richard Aronoff 2 months ago

The disturbance you may have felt in the force was caused by the fact that I agree with everything Dorothy Hoyt-Reed wrote above.

In the meantime, we better ban knives because, according to FBI statistics, knives kill more people than rifles.

And I would urge the letter writer to read Federalist 46 before he opines on the subject of the 2nd amendment.

Regarding armed guards in schools, did you see the KU - West Virginia game the other night? When the West Virginia coach was ejected from the game, he was escorted out of the arena by an armed officer.

Don Brennaman 2 months ago

guns don't kill people. usually it is crazy people with guns that do the killing. more prisons please.

Brock Masters 2 months ago

How about more mental health services and access to prevent the menatally I’ll from committing violent acts. Putting them in prison after the fact still leaves victims behind.

Do agree put felons found in possession of firearms in jail for a very long time.

Monty Scott 2 months ago

Red Flag laws? Sure sounds like 1984 or maybe Fahrenheit 451, not sure? What's the amendment about that due process thing? Wikipedia says the 5th amendment. I don't know if you can really trust Wikipedia. How crazy is that 4th amendment? I am opposed to Russian meddling, just for the record.

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