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Gun control goofiness
In response to rabid gun-control advocates, did you know that in the early days of our country every household had a gun?
It was a way of life.
Anyone who says the founders would have limited guns is making a silly statement. And saying gun laws will make people safer is stupid.
The criminals are doing the shooting, not stable citizens.
Drugs are illegal, too. Anti-drug laws work really well, don’t they? There are no drugs in America because they are illegal.
People aren’t burdened with enough taxes now?
Honest citizens would pay more taxes. Criminals aren’t going to pay them on their guns. Taxing guns is a really stupid idea.
No guns? Criminals would turn to knives. Get rid of knives, and they would use ball bats. Get rid of ball bats, and they would use golf clubs.
Are you starting to see how stupid many gun-control ideas are?
Effective gun laws
Gun laws really can work. Check with the Swiss.
Most men ages 20 to 30 have government-issued guns and are trained by the government to be proficient with those guns. Swiss people are mostly law-abiding citizens, and the country has very few gun crimes.
They do have to be screened to purchase a gun, and they do have an extensive background check. Their system seems to work quite well.
Further, it would be a great mistake to listen to the mayor of Chicago for any suggestions regarding crime or gun control. The crime in his city is obviously totally out of control.
The extreme gun laws in Chicago have proved ineffective.
Our country has an immigration policy. Millions immigrated legally under this process.
They learned English, worked hard and became citizens. Perhaps millions more await action on their applications for citizenship, some for many years.
If you want to become a part of this United States of America, there is a right way to accomplish that. One of the basic tenets of desiring to become a citizen is to respect and obey federal, state and local laws. How do we engender that respect if we say it is OK that you are here illegally?
Why not do this the right way? Act immediately to clear the backlog of applications that have languished for years for those legally seeking citizenship. Provide preferential consideration for those who return to their countries of origin and take the proper steps to immigrate legally.
When we have sensible, standing policies and procedures for legal immigration, how can you ask a nation of law-abiding citizens to close their eyes to illegal immigration?
Football head injuries
This lawsuit against the National Football League for the aftermath from concussions that occur with players is unfair. It is not the league’s fault that the players are suffering from these fatal traumas.
It is a sacrifice that players make to pursue such a physical career. In the case of Junior Seau, yes, he suffered major brain damage, but when you look at the way he played you see that he hurt himself at times along the way.
He was not a “leg tackler.” No, he was the guy who would take other players head-on and cause major collisions. Whether it was the guy carrying the ball or Seau, someone was going to feel some pain.
Also, the league has made major strides in player protection in the last 10 years. The players need to accept the choices they make despite the outcomes.
Congress’ path to ruin
It’s every state for itself. That’s the message Washington, D.C., has, perhaps unwittingly, sent to the states.
Little else can be surmised from a federal government that refuses to entertain fundamental reforms to entitlement programs, the very thing driving much of our debt problem. Lawmakers seem to believe we have a tax problem and not a spending problem.
The people in Washington think that if a little regulation is good then even more will be better.
The Star’s position is to stay the path? To borrow from “Seinfeld,” really? California stayed the path. How’s that worked out?
A conservative estimate has it carrying a debt load of billions of dollars. Three California cities this year went bankrupt. The affected population in these communities adds up to more than a half-million people, almost 20 percent of Kansas’ total population, living under the cloud of bankruptcy.
If the federal government and select states in our grand union want to march themselves off the end of a short pier, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of us might want to loosen the mystic cords of memory that bind us together.
I have been reading in the newspaper and listening to the news the arguments of gun-rights advocates and the National Rifle Association. They object to the government imposing on people’s rights to own guns, including assault weapons.
I am wondering if they are the same individuals who have no problem intruding on a woman’s right to family planning and abortion.
I would like to know the statistics comparing people killed by gun violence and the number of fetuses aborted.
Many of the young people killed by gunfire also had their lives ahead of them.
Funding for parks
During last month’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama quoted the CEO of Siemens America, Eric Spiegel, by saying, “If we upgrade our infrastructure, it will bring even more jobs.”
When I heard this, I couldn’t help but think about the infrastructure improvements needed for Missouri’s state parks.
Right now, dozens of our parks statewide are dealing with poorly maintained trails, stressed bridges and culverts, and aging sewer systems — an estimated need of nearly $400 million in backlogged repairs.
By helping mend our state parks, Missourians would not only create hundreds of jobs across the state but also would ensure that the parks remain some of the most beautiful places in the country to visit.
This spring, we have a chance to secure funding that our parks desperately need.
Right now, the Missouri legislature is considering a bond issue that would set aside millions of dollars for state parks such as the Katy Trail and Castlewood.
With these resources, Missouri state park managers could create jobs and make sure that the next generation of Missourians can explore some of the most amazing places in the Midwest.
TV, social media
We’ve watched KSHB- Channel 41 news for at least 12 years. Last fall, the station instituted a bizarre news program at 4:30 p.m.
We watched for a couple of weeks but found it a waste of time. It wasn’t news but so-called news anchors walking around with iPads showing pictures from Facebook and tweets from the Internet.
It’s not news, just social media. This 4:30 p.m. format has leaked into the 5 p.m. news.
On an evening last month we were entertained with piles of snow, someone making a snow angel, someone else creating a skating rink, Gary Lezak’s dogs and pictures of snowmen, scenes of Snow Creek and various other sites.
Where was the news?
We will explore other channels in search of a real news program.
If Channel 41 is indicative of news in 2013, the citizens of Kansas City will be ill-served and uninformed.
Give us real, informative news.
Quarterback for KC
I would like to see Florida State University quarterback E.J. Manual in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform.