Letters to the editor: 12-28

Dec 31, 2012

Stop the abuse

To the editor:

Another case of horrible animal abuse in Friday, Dec. 7, paper. I get so angry reading about the animal and child abuse incidences. When is it going to stop? When these abusers and murderers are held accountable?

These people deserve what they dish out and of course, we know that will never happen. Maybe we should find out when they have to go to court to “get their hand slapped” and demand justice?

We have become so use to reading about these cases, we are becoming numb and we go about our busy way. I know so many others feel the same as I do, but very seldom does anyone express their outrage to the public. Will some knowledgeable authority please print in the paper how we can go about getting more severe punishment for these scumbags?

If it is a matter of writing or calling representatives, please tell us who should be contacted, their contact information and phone numbers. Then hopefully everyone who cares about children and animals will please take action. It has to stop.

Marsha Dunfield

Waynesville

 

Consider this on Second Amendment

To the editor,

The recent letter, “Examine the Second Amendment,” is an example of an old lawyer’s tactic: “If the law is on your side, pound the law. If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound the table and shout.”

A real examination of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment might have prevented this writer’s absurd contention that the right to bear arms “is solely for the purpose of defending this nation. It is not for any other purpose, including defending private property, hunting, or even for target shooting.”

In D.C. v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment “guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home” and that this “is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Then there is the statement that “there is practically no regulation whatsoever of the legal acquisition and collection of firearms in the U.S.” Doubtless this will come as a surprise to anyone who has purchased firearms in North Carolina. If the writer meant “no effective regulation,” he should  have said so.

The writer errs in using the number of firearms deaths among children to argue against firearm ownership. By the same logic, there should be a ban on the owning multiple automobiles. And why are the deaths of children killed by firearms more inherently horrific than deaths by other causes, such as knifings, beatings, poisonings, or curretage-and-suction?

The letter, in effect, calls for us to trust a government that that for almost forty years has permitted well over 50 million young lives to be deprived of their right to live before birth. Sure, you can trust the government: Ask any Indian.

Examining the Second Amendment is exactly what the writer failed to do. Instead, he gave his readers an example of what happens when passion – even passion about a horrific act – trumps reason.

Samuel L. Edwards

Waynesville

 

Avoid ‘physical’ cliff

To the editor:

America has two cliffs to ponder.  Some (overly optimistic ?) politicians and citizens claim that the fiscal cliff should not be feared — that crisis management in 2013 will retroactively make things fair and right.

What about the physical cliff that over 50 percent of us have already descended?  Face it, we have become a sedentary, distracted society.  Are we going to be physically vigorous or continue down the slippery slope of stress, apathy, obesity, diabetes and disease?

I think the physical cliff is one that we, individually, can climb or avoid, and restore personal optimism and confidence.  First, we have to admit that the task will be difficult but can be accomplished by persistent, long-term (forever) effort.  Unlike the fiscal cliff situation, we are in control and responsible for the solution.

Christians just celebrated the physical life, the birth, of their role model.  Christians believe the body is a temple for the Holy Spirit.  Many non-Christians also believe that our well-being requires healthy habits.

We made it through another year in the endurance event of life.  Ponder the physical cliff.  Are you getting close to the edge?  Are you looking up the face of the rock?  Fear can be a good, motivational virtue.  Be inspired and inspire others in 2013.

Damian Bud Dirscherl

Waynesville

Ban assault weapons

To the editor:

The Mayan calendar prediction was very close. As all of us know, the end of the world did come Dec. 14,  a week early.  We will always know this day as the American Holocaust, when 20 babies were murdered in a quiet little town in Connecticut by the NRA and the monsters that support them.

We also know that no citizen needs military hardware of any sort. This isn’t 1776, and it isn’t the cold war when commies were gonna storm your front door, and there will never be any kind of insurrection when citizens fight off our own government. There has never been a right to kill whomever we want, whenever we want.

The impact on those of us who are decent human beings is clear. Now is the time to dismember and permanently eliminate the NRA, who are the front men for the arms manufacturers and gun dealers.

They have bought, sold, and traded our politicians like baseball cards, and now those 20 babies are dead. No gun or ammunition sales should occur except through federal government stores to people with legitimate need, where everyone and everything is tightly controlled and recorded. No internet sales. No gun shows. No private sales. All of this must be shut down and all assault weapons declared illegal with severe penalties for possession. Politicians who oppose any of this, who put guns before babies, must be drummed out of the party, voted out of office, and labeled for the baby-killers they are.

Forget the fiscal cliff, the debt, the long list of problems we have, because the terrible moments of Dec. 14  take the top of the list. We will not rest until the guns are gone. There is no middle ground, no compromise. The 2nd amendment must be repealed. We can not know ourselves as human beings until this shameful chapter of American history is closed. I dare anyone to say otherwise.

John Buckley

Clyde

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