Letter to the editor: Step up gun outrage

February 23, 2018


To the editor:

I am encouraging readers to show their outrage against the Florida school shootings and join the Student March for Our Lives on March 24. Follow the advice in the Journal-World editorial of Feb. 11 and ask Congress to again ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — both bans that were in effect from 1995 to 2004. Also, demand a background check on the sale of all guns, especially at trade shows.

Recently there were two J-W articles telling of incidents of raffle prizes of assault weapons by a candidate running in the 2nd Congressional District in Leavenworth and a pastor in Baldwin City holding a fundraiser for teens with the winner of the raffle to be given an AR-15 rifle. Tell our legislators in Topeka to ban such raffles!

Do not vote for any politician that accepts contributions from the National Rifle Association, has a top NRA rating for voting or is a member of the NRA. All members of NRA should resign like President George H. W. Bush did in 1995.


RJ Johnson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

There are well over 8 million AR-15's owned in the United States. They might restrict ownership but they will never ban them.

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't vote for anyone who takes money from the NRA.

After all it was the NRA's Bill which passed a long time ago which actually began the Insta-Background Gun Check in the first place.

Don't bother asking why many of the mass shooters legally got their guns because the Insta-Background Gun Check database was not kept current.

Don't concern yourself with the fact that the Insta-Background database has been been 80% incomplete for over 2 1/2 decades.

Don't consider chasing down and be outraged at Chuck Schumer, Democrat, New York who made an agreement over 25 years ago he was going to Washington DC and get the Insta-Background database 100% completed and when he got there, he did nothing. What concerned organization did Schumer make this agreement with? The NRA. It was Schumer, not the NRA, which failed fulfilling the obligation. Still today, there are names from 25 years ago which had not gotten on that list.

Our outrage is justified. Your target is off.

Bob Summers 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Because of the Liberal "gun outrage", these types of genetically identifiable Liberal people should be banned from EVER obtaining firearms and firearms accoutrements that LTE describes.

Good job Dave Kyner.

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I am a law abiding United States citizen encouraging others not to enter that AR15 raffle. I would like to win it so it will stay out of the hands of a mentally ill, drug dealer or user, or criminal element.

I am hearing there will be NO GUN ZONE signs passed out as consolation gifts. They have proven their effectiveness and make great, feel good, do nothing gifts!

Cary Ediger 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Much like "thoughts and prayers" after every mass shooting ......

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The shooter is the evil which intentionally committed the murders not the gun, NRA, or law abiding citizen. How can we sleep at night and not hear the little screams of 130,000 fetuses intentionally cut and parted out annually by Planned Parenthood.

Bob Smith 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Acting from outrage is how we wound up with people of Japanese ancestry in interment camps during WW II.

David Hann 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The NRA, along with gun manufacturers, has consistently put its own economic interests above the safety of U.S. citizens. Time to render their lopsided power obsolete by voting out legislators who work for the NRA. Are Kansas legislators brave enough to put their citizens' welfare above the interests of gun manufacturers and the NRA? Hasn't happened so far. The party that is in the pocket of the NRA is the Republican Party. Vote them out.

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Who do you think wrote the bill decades ago which began the Insta-No Gun Check List to begin with? This is the checklist which would not allow the mentally ill, drug users, and criminals from legally owning a gun.It was the NRA, David. For decades, however, that database was not kept up. 25 years ago that database was only 20 complete which means 80% of the names had not been put into that database. A government agency is responsible for keeping that database up to date. This is why many of these shooters have been able to get their guns legally even today. 25 years ago, Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York said he was seriously concerned this database was not up to date. He got in contact with a concerned national organization on television and promised he would personally make sure that database got up to date once he got to DC. What concerned organization did Chuck Schumer make this agreement with? The NRA.. The problem is that once Schumer arrived in DC, he did nothing. There are still names from way back then which still have not been put in that Insta-Check No Gun Database.

Dale Miller 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The NRA putting it's own economic interests above the safety of others is laughable. The NRA is made up of millions of United States citizens who leads the way on issues concerning gun safety. Seriously, if you want to get all emotional about economical interests and saving lives, throw your body out there and bad mouth Planned Parenthood. Over 130,000 young ones each year would appreciate it.

Bruce Weber 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Anyone who thinks congress is all Sainte on this side and sinners on that side is confused, there are very few saints and a whole lot of sinners and their all mixed together

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