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The issue with guns

March 3, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

This letter is to simply express some pros and cons on all that's happening and what's not with guns.

Fact 1: There's more than 300 million guns in the U.S. today

Fact 2: There's about the same amount of people in the U.S. now.

Fact 3: The U.S. has more guns than any other country.

Fact 4: The U.S. has more crimes than any other country.

Fact 5: The NRA insists we need more guns. The head of the NRA says to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun. We have good guys with guns, they're called police, U.S. military personnel, State Guards, National Guards, you name it, and a lot of good guys only minutes away with a 911 call.

What we really need is a mentality change with the NRA and a change in teaching our young.

In schools K to 8 teach the 3 r's, but also teach common sense and common decency. Get rid of all those knock-em dead toys that's sold to make money regardless of it's impact on a child.

The NRA membership is now over 4 million and a lot of them agree to a more sensible view on guns today, but the leader does not and should be kicked out for his irresponsible suggestions and leadership.

We just don't need our teachers, coaches and civic leaders running around with guns strapped on like the Old West.

Since the Second Amendment 200 years ago, we've done nothing but add more guns to protect our fear of being attacked.

Let's stop this ridiculous mentality of government getting its foot in the door. Let's put our own foot in the door and say enough is enough.

We pay a lot of tax money for the experts to use whatever it takes to protect us. Let them do their job and quit letting any John or Jane Doe purchase guns at will.

I ask the NRA members this: What does the NRA do for you other than take your dues, keep you informed of your gun's necessity and persuade you to blindly vote GOP that does very, very little for the middle class and lower class people. Nobody wants to change your rights with the Second Amendment. The head of the NRA reminds me of another guy that led the German people in the 1930s, uh huh, Hitler, and history shows what his iron fist did with 20 million Russians and 6 million Jews, not to count all the other countries' fatalities.

Do you need the NRA to protect your rights?

When you vote, do it seriously, not blindly or selfishly. Have we become so paranoid that we keep looking back while going forward?

More guns never stopped murders and never will. What will stop it is a better mentality and respect for others.

In Japan, they also have killings, but for the most part they respect each other. Watch as they bow when greeting someone. Just maybe we can learn from that.

A friend of mine recently ended a conversation with, "You mean to tell me you don't have a gun?"

My answer was "No I don't."

I hope a lot of people can say, "Me either."

John Flara

New Cumberland

 
 

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