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1/19/2013 9:17:00 AM
Letters to the Editor: Tiskilwa 'guns and ammo' sign appalling

I went to Tiskilwa recently and was appalled to see this sign;
This, a month after 26 people — 20 of them little 6 and 7 year old children — were slaughtered in Sandy Hook Elementary School. 
Who is “Tiskilwa Community Association”?  Do they represent the majority of their town’s people with this sign?  Do they realize 12 little girls’ and eight little boys’ bodies were riddled with bullets (all 26 victims had from 3 to 11 bullets in their bodies).  It is inhumane, unchristian, and immoral to allow weapons that can do this in less than one minute to be possessed by anyone other than the military and Tiskilwa is now actually promoting it with this sign.
I support the 2nd Amendment and know that there are rules and regulations that can greatly reduce what has happened at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and now Newtown without infringing on my right to own guns. We, as a civil society, have established rules for driving vehicles along with countless other activities to reduce bad outcomes. There are even regulations governing the stuffing that goes into a Teddy Bear to protect our children while we have zero regulations on the manufacturers of guns or the buyers of guns if purchased at a gun show or through the internet. You can legally sue any company in this country if you have a reason to unless they are a gun manufacturer since they got Congress to pass a law exempting them from suits.
I suggest that anyone cannot purchase a firearm without filling out an application proving they are mentally stable, have not been convicted of a crime (or charged with spousal abuse), and have a reasonable need to own a gun (including hunting). This application would go through a verification process and, if passed, a permit card would be issued so you can show it for purchasing a gun and ammunition. It is well past time to stand up to the gun industry and their “front organization” (NRA) as they are only interested in their huge profits, not our safety. Their main tactic is to promote the paranoia that the government will come to confiscate your guns, but most of us are not paranoid and realize we are the government and we will not do this.
Ronald Wood.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

I would add one thing Ron. That is psyche evaluation that needs to be done every four years.
If one feeles that guns need to be kept out of the hands of the memtaly weak than one should have to prove they are stable
Years ago folks had nervouse break downs and needed treatment, and got it
Now folks want to say that only crazy, their words not mine, people commit mass murder but offer no way to find them until they cimmit a crime.
That is way to late.
Perhaps there would be an instance where a gun would have to be confiscated.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Anticipate, live, and breath peace.
Gun violence is a product of anger, poverty, revenge, self-loathing, and separation from love.
If we concentrate on those issues, guns will no longer harm, be used for sport, and will no longer be needed to quell fear.

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