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Taking away gun rights won't stop crime

Posted: February 6, 2013 - 1:49pm  |  Updated: February 7, 2013 - 9:47am

Barack Obama can use an executive order and take away our second amendment rights. Governmental interference in regards to gun control would be a direct violation of our constitutional right to bear arms. This issue can be traced to recent shootings, especially at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Everyone wants children to be safe, but taking guns away from the general public isn’t the answer.

Guns are a source of protection and security for people everywhere. In order to insure protection during education, ask teachers who are willing, and meet certain requirements, to carry firearms in schools. Soldotna High School has a two minute wait between raising the alarm and police showing up. A lot can happen in two minutes, and I would prefer my teacher armed and ready to defend us than to have to sit by and hope the intruder doesn’t get us. Why should criminals be the only ones with gun access?

In 1997, Australian gun owners surrendered 640, 381 personal firearms. Twelve months later the homicide rate went up 3.2 percent, assaults went up 8.6 percent, and armed robberies went up 44 percent. Burglaries where the burglar knows you’re home rose 300 percent. I believe the U.S. would have similar results from gun control attempts. Many shootings that occur do so when someone illegally possesses the gun used. The black market isn’t going to disappear when gun control regulations take effect.

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brookman@alaska.net
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brookman@alaska.net 02/07/13 - 11:57 am
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Letter to the editor by Diana Hunter

She states: "Barack Obama can use an executive order and take away our second amendment rights". This statement is not true. I'm sure she thinks it is true, or she would not have said it. But believing something doesn't make it true. People should check their facts. I have a sign on my wall, and I always try to practice what it says: "CAUTION: Be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear."

DavidHarding
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DavidHarding 02/07/13 - 08:59 pm
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And Snopes.com says ...

http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

Looks like you lifted those stats from this letter in Snopes.

And if we're quoting Australian statistics then how about something more current?

In 2010 there were 229 intentional homicides in the whole country, or 1.0 per 100,000 people.

In the US the 2010 rate was 4.8 per 100,000 people.

Both countries had seen a steady decline from 1995. Australia from 1.8/100K and the US from 8.1/100K

In the years before and after 1997 the rate remained similar, with 1998 actually being the lowest for the latter half of the decade. So much for your 3.2% increase. (99 was a bad year though at 343 murders). And while we're talking percentages 3.2% represents just 10 deaths. A bad day in Chicago or New York.

You are right though, taking away gun rights won't stop crime, just like seat belt and helmet laws haven't eliminated traffic accident fatalities. I'm pretty sure they've helped though, and just maybe a sensible approach from all sides to gun laws and gun ownership, that doesn't unduly infringe on the right to bear arms, might not be a bad thing either?

(Here's my reference - http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/statistics/crime/Homici...)

Unglued
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Unglued 02/08/13 - 10:17 am
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Some cool heads would help

There is ignorance on all sides of this issue. Advocates of gun ownership need to spend some time calmly and politely educating people with facts. Misleading statistics and hyperbole only serve to inflame emotions and convince people who don't own guns that the ones who do are either insane, ignorant or both.

Radio KSRM's John Davis in his Feb. 6 "Think About It," asked, "Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates?"

Gun-control advocates wouldn't be so shrill if the other side wasn't so intent on shouting them down and waving "Stop the Gun Grab!" signs. No one is grabbing anyone's gun. If gun owners would listen and act with calm consideration, something positive might come out of all the current chaos.

spwright
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spwright 02/11/13 - 06:51 pm
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Change Nothing ?

2/11/12 Really Mr Davis ? Do you sincerely believe that NOTHING needs to CHANGE ?

I would challenge You Mr. Davis to stand before the Parents of the Sandy Hook Ele. Students & the Parents of the Adult Victims then state to them :

Sorry for Your Loss but NOTHING NEEDS TO BE CHANGED HERE.

SPW

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 02/12/13 - 06:31 am
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It was against the LAW

What about that dark dark place in the heart of murderers that makes these tragedies posible. No instructions have been handed out to look inside your ring of friends and Family, seek out those who may be having a hard time and help them along lifes road. Seems fewer and fewer people today really know how to make a freind. It has to do with Love, honor, and character building. Freinds and loved ones are what keeps us human and incapable of this type of crime. But once that tie has broken and there is nobody this person can relate to close in thier lives wicked things can become mundain. No left side right side of the brain to relate with as bouncing thoughts of friends sometimes stimulates.
Sometimes you'll find someone that really can't handle reality, even they need love. Just letting that person know someone really cares may be what makes the difference in that life. Once in a while someone really doesn't learn with just your initial efforts. It's okay you can be patient, continue those efforts of Love, your heart will get better at this. You also must realize that you may be the Only person put in this persons life to touch them, so color thier world with as much love as you can muster.
I am certain this approach would save more lives than any GUN control, it might just not save just one life but many. So the next time someone really weirds you out, stop right there and try a little compassion. Then ardently and unconditionally devote as much time and energy as you can to bring Love into that dark corner of your friends life. They may not know how to love and fellowship, making lifes road even darker. So if you really want to keep your GUNS get out there and Love somebody.

Unglued
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Unglued 02/12/13 - 10:45 am
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Good point, BigRedDog

Whether you're talking about anything related to guns, whether it be militias, hunting, gun-control laws, gun safety, gun handling, gun collecting, home protection or any of the shooting sports, none of it means a thing if you don't have peace and love in your personal life and the lives of those around you. A little love and respect can accomplish more than any number of guns.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 02/21/13 - 08:01 am
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brookman...
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I had to laugh out loud when I read your un-informed comment! It is so funny how liberals, such as yourself, say things that are in direct conflict with themselves!

Let me ask you a few point blank question brooky:

Do you really believe barack (and NO I will not call him our President) wants to protect your safety and rights as an American? Perhaps you would like to pose this question to the Ambassadors and Diplomats that were recently killed on 9-11-12?

Do you really believe that he is not trying to carve away on our Rights as Free Americans by scratching out Executive Order after Executive Order? Have you read the crap he has written? Perhaps you should study the FACTS before you flap the gums?

While you wave your obama love banner, that jackwagon has his gestapo chipping away at YOUR second amendment rights by ways of "Assault Weapons Ban", "Universal Background Checks" and "United Nations Small Arms Treaties" (you didn't think we forgot about that did you brooky?)

Are you really that gullible? (Obviously you are, because you are supporting a socialist who is bent on destroying the American way of life...)

Perhaps you should Internalize that sign on your wall instead of just reading it!

radiokenai
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radiokenai 02/17/13 - 07:43 am
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Unglued....
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Holy Smoley....Sounds like you are having flashbacks from the 60s?

radiokenai
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radiokenai 02/17/13 - 07:51 am
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SPW...
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Something needs to be changed alright! Since you are a avid supporter of socialism and obama, feel free to turn in all of your guns and ammo, renounce the Constitution and join a hippy commune for all I care! But get it out of your peabrain that trying to take my rights, because of your stupidity, is the answer.

Are you really that dumb to believe that a bunch of gun laws would have stopped that punk from obtaining a gun and going to the school?

The reason he went to the school is because idiots in charge have HUGE signs that read "Gun Free School Zone". It amazes me how DUMB liberal truly are...

Sounds like you are fueled by ass-umptions as most liberal are and are so quick to take away my rights. Most likely, the reason you want to take away mine, is because you have lost yours eh?

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 02/19/13 - 11:03 am
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Taking away Gun Rights is a crime!

The Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R.11654 was passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law June 28th 1902. It was perpously written to invalidate ANY so-called Gun Control Laws. It is also known as the Dick Act of 1902 and my my did they ever see you Gun Grabbing liberals coming. This act defines the 3 seperate militias that exits in America TODAY! The National Guard of any State, Territory, or the D.C., and the Unorganized Militia as every able bodied man from 18 to 45. Giving them the right and 2nd Amendment guarantee to legally have and bear Arms of ANY type and as many as they could afford to buy.The third is the Regular Army.
WOW who changed this so that ANY State or city can dicide just how and who may be armed? These seem to be written in the foundation of our nation and as far as I am concerned written in Stone. Maybe Speaker Chenault should hear about this one if anyone out there has his ear I'm sure he would love to hear about the Efficiency of Militia, or Dick Act of 1902.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 02/21/13 - 10:53 am
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Laws

Almost all laws can be rescinded,or amended period.The laws matters not Who it favors.They can be changed.

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