But everything’s quite legal, you say
It’s so sad that so many children and others lost their lives in Newtown, Conn., by such a senseless violent act via guns. They won’t be celebrating Christmas this year or any other year. But guns are legal, you say.
What is also sad and rips a hole in my heart every day is all the little cherubs who are murdered by way of abortion on a daily basis. They will never, ever get to experience a Christmas or a holiday. Ever. But abortion is legal, you say.
Sad are the families and friends at the holidays whose loved ones were killed by someone who thought they were better than you and got behind a wheel of a car drunk as a skunk. But alcohol is legal, you say.
Now let us add to all the future Christmases without loved ones who will be killed by some pothead who was high as a kite and did something unspeakable (yet to be determined, but soon will be coming to a neighborhood near you). But yet again, marijuana is legal or will be legal in your state.
I guess it all comes down to the irresponsible person who has no regard for his/her or anyone else’s life and how he/she chooses to commit murder.
Murder is murder. Case closed.
High emotions after the Connecticut massacre
You people who are using the Connecticut school tragedy to argue for gun control disgust me. You disgust me because:
• You are willing to sacrifice your rights for a false sense of “security.”
• You not only want to sacrifice your own rights, you also want to force others to give up their rights.
• You resort to name calling and making ad hominem attacks against those who disagree with you.
• You are allowing the acts of criminals and lunatics to dictate policy.
• You want to ban “assault” weapons and “semi-automatic” firearms when you don’t even know what an assault weapon or a semi-automatic firearm is.
• You think that a firearms appearance dictates how dangerous it is.
• You have never personally handled, fired or owned a firearm, nor do you understand how one functions, yet you are suddenly philosophical experts on gun control.
• You want to reinstate the Clinton gun ban, when Obama’s own Justice Department admits that the ban had an absolutely zero effect on preventing crime, and begrudgingly admits that it actually contributed to increased victimization, especially by women and the elderly.
• You pontificate about how we need more gun control laws yet you completely ignore the fact that criminals and crazy people ignore and break laws.
• You ignore the fact that every mass shooting in the U.S. has occurred in a gun-free zone.
• You engage in mental masturbation by completely ignoring all of the facts that prove gun control does significantly more harm than any imagined good.
• You would rather make it more difficult for people to defend themselves and others, instead of empowering them.
• You support gun control laws that have their foundation in racism and ethnic cleansing.
• You are the ones that made it so that not one single adult in Sandy Hook Elementary School could have been armed and in all likelihood would have been able to prevent or greatly reduce that murderous rampage.
• You ignore the fact that firearms are used to prevent or stop crimes far more often than they are used to commit crimes.
• You even think you have the right to take my guns and you would rather people like me be unarmed in the face of criminals and tyrants.
• You are ignorant to the fact that governments have slaughtered hundreds of millions of unarmed peoples and you have some fantasy that could never happen in this country.
Lt. William J. Lawler II
Soldier, educator, gun owner
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The following is a speech U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz delivered on the floor of the U.S. House last week:
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was shattering for Americans everywhere. For such an unspeakable act of violence to take place at an elementary school: a place of safety, learning and lively spirit, was devastating. My sons are grown, but my memories from their first days at school are still vivid.
The shooting is both a deeply personal, family tragedy; and a tragedy for the community of Newtown and for our nation. I, along with all American parents, felt the loss personally. It brought not only tears, but also deep sadness and shared loss.
The youngest victims were 6 and 7 — it is unacceptable. We feel the loss of each child. So innocent, so joyful, their hopes, their dreams and their potential never to be fulfilled. And, we mourn the loss of the teachers and staff, who were a comfort to their students, and who did all they could to protect them. My thoughts and prayers are with each of the families and all of Newtown.
We have seen far too many moments of violence and loss. This loss is too devastating to ignore.
I believe that even in this time of deep sadness and grief, we must resolve to end such violence. We must do better to understand and treat mental illness. And we must come together to move our nation towards common sense, responsible gun laws. Laws that recognize the responsibility of gun-ownership and ensure safety and security in our homes, schools, communities and public spaces.
One of our greatest strengths is that as Americans and as a nation we are resilient. And we must use that resilience to not only grieve together at this really difficult time, but to work together to prevent yet another devastating act of violence. We should act, and I join with my colleagues in a willingness and a commitment to do so.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz
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I wrote to the Northeast Times after the Aurora massacre and predicted no action would be taken to mitigate similar tragedies in the future. But it seems the recent slaughter of little children in Newtown, Conn., is prompting a paradigm shift in how we address the gun issue in America. I’m hopeful that our politicians experience a similar shift in how they operate, so they can create some useful laws.
To the politicians on the left: Don’t misread the recent calls for sensible reforms as a mandate to impose radical changes. Don’t exploit this tragedy as an opportunity to resuscitate old, foolish ideas like gun-free zones that keep law-abiding citizens vulnerable and do nothing to deter criminals. Overzealous opportunism will only alienate independents, galvanize your opposition and stifle any hope for meaningful change.
To the politicians on the right: It’s time to stop catering to gun manufacturers and the fringe, e.g., guys who hang out at the shooting range quoting Thomas Paine and fantasize about Red Dawn becoming reality.
The 2012 election was proof that the tighter you squeeze onto your base, the more regular people slip through your fingers. Bans on assault weapons and extended ammunition clips are no-brainers. Clearly, such bans will not prevent the next mass shooting; but they can at least mitigate the death toll and improve the odds that someone will be able to fight back.
Speaking of those regular people, it’s time for this silent majority to rise up and counter the incessant noise coming from the lobbyists, the wing nuts and the full-time activists with too much free time on their hands. Take a minute to write, call or e-mail your elected officials and pull them out of their echo chambers.
Of course, guns are just one piece of the puzzle for preventing future massacres. There is still much work to be done regarding mental health care and school safety protocols. But I suppose we must walk before we can run.
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We are all horrified at the attacks on helpless teachers and children that occurred in Connecticut, but it does no good to demonize the NRA and gun owners, as some recent letter writers (and national media) have chosen to do.
I worked for the Philadelphia criminal justice system, and the city has used the NRA for staff training. In fact, one trainer told me she was very impressed by the NRA’s professionalism and responsible approach to the use of guns. It would help if the NRA emphasized this even more.
There are close to 300 million guns in this country. (Kids actually used to take rifles to high school for gun clubs.)
It is also easy to modify a gun to make it more potent. Most gun control rules proposed, are like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.
By the way, 40 percent of all murders in this country occur without guns. Think Timothy McVeigh, or the fanatics with box cutters on 9/11. Mass murderers find ways to murder. Just the gasoline in your gas tank is a powerful weapon.
The last four mass killings were the result of mentally ill people who gave clear advance signs that they were disturbed. Nothing was done to deal with their illnesses. This is an area we need to focus on, as well as the decline of morals, and the family.
Get rid of guns? That used to appeal to me before I looked at the facts, not my emotions.
Just imagine a Philadelphia where all law-abiding citizens were denied guns, and only the criminals — who won’t obey any gun laws — had them. It would be open-season on small business, and home invasions would occur in the thousands.
Kudos to the councilman for helping Mayfair
I need to commend Bobby Henon for trying to bring back the neighborhood I grew up in. I have lived in Mayfair my entire life. My mother and her sister grew up in my grandparents’ house five minutes from mine. And yet I look around me lately and see only a shadow of what was the beautiful neighborhood I remember.
My husband and I have owned our home for fourteen years. The property to our left is a rental property owned by a landlord who calls Brooklyn, N.Y., home. So it makes perfect sense that she has no reason to care what happens to our neighborhood.
She has had a never-ending string of bad renters in this property. One group of eight to 10 men disappeared in the middle of the night. One single mother lived out of state while her two young children resided in the home alone. The last pair used the water from our hose as well as our neighbors’ hoses while we were all at work because they had no running water in the house. And the current tenants, well, let’s just say we were forced to go to court to obtain stay away orders because of numerous physical and verbal assaults at the hands and mouths of them.
Every single time we have had an issue, the landlord ignored us. She does not answer our calls, or the calls of the neighbors any longer. She refuses certified mail from us. When told her tenant assaulted my husband, she calmly responded, “well, you can call the police.” The only person she will respond to is our lawyer. As long as she receives her rent, she seems content with whoever and whatever occupies her property.
The tenants currently residing next door to us have lengthy arrest records. One of them is on the current lease. I found this information at my home in less than 10 minutes by performing a simple search online. How then is she not aware who she is renting to? And, more importantly, how does she not care? Maybe if she were forced to live next to abusive tenants who allowed drugs to seep into her home, near her children, she would bother to do something.
I am tired of seeing properties waste away. I hate looking outside my door and seeing a mixture of Halloween and Christmas decorations mingled together on an unkempt lawn. I hate worrying that something will happen to my husband, my children, my pets, my property (and not for the first time), at the hands of the renters next door.
It is time to take back our neighborhoods. I commend Bobby Henon for working so hard to restore our community, and I will gladly fight alongside him to do so.
Get tough on scrap dealers
I read the article in the Dec. 12 edition about thieves stealing copper, etc. (AC units targeted for copper).
One solution to this problem is simple. The city can crack down on the scrap dealers who accept these materials.
It’s obvious that a manhole cover is not scrap. If these materials are not accepted by the dealers, it may help with this problem.
The city checks on pawnshops. Why not scrap yards?
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