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Letter in the Issaquah Press

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by kumabear17, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. kumabear17

    kumabear17 Issaquah Active Member

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    Here's a letter I submitted to the Issaquah Press which they printed this week.
    This is the third one in the last two months and has been part of an exchange with some Liberals resulting from a recent Town Meeting.
    I know lots of you write, but I think some don't feel their words are worthy of print.
    Issaquah is becoming a more (unfortunately) Liberal place and I was surprised at the fairness the editor here has shown.
    Anyway, read it, enjoy it, criticize it and then give one a shot yourself.
    Butch

    Gun bans

    Let’s get to the real issues

    First, let’s agree whether we are pro-Second Amendment or anti, we all want to see violence reduced and criminals fully prosecuted. No more free passes for juveniles caught illegally carrying a firearm or courts working plea-bargain deals removing guns from charges for a quick conviction. We want the federal government to prosecute all felons rejected by background checks (NICS), not just 44 out of 35,000 as last year.

    “Assault weapons” are fully automatic capable firearms (machine guns) and are already banned in Washington state. In states where allowed, they usually cost more than $10,000 to purchase and require an extensive federal background check to possess. On civilian guns, the term “AR” stands for “ArmaLite Rifle,” the designer. Semi-automatic guns having cosmetic appearances of a military rifle are commonly called ARs. They come in hunting calibers that have been around for 100 years and are semi-automatic rifles — meaning one trigger pull for each shot.

    Civilian rifles, including ARs, account for — per the FBI — fewer murders (323) then baseball bats/knives (2,190) and fists (726), fewer than people falling out of bed (450).

    Australia does not have a constitution providing the rights contained in ours and, therefore, never had the guns per capita we do. The Economist is a fine magazine, but has an agenda. The figures I look at come from the Australian government (http://bit.ly/TAZ7tJ). Between 1996 and 2010, murders did drop 26 percent, but their other crimes, including rape, increased totally 40 percent. Obviously, their lower population made the numbers themselves much lower.

    We need to move beyond emotional arguments to common ground that finds solutions that meet our rule of law while addressing the real causes of violent crime.

    Butch

    Issaquah
     
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  2. OregonBuzz

    OregonBuzz Grants Pass Member

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    Great letter and timely, but the real issue at the State and Federal level, in my opinion, is ultimately to prohibit the possession of firearms by law abiding citizens. An armed society is very difficult to tyrannize.
     
  3. Blue Devil PA

    Blue Devil PA Boise Active Member

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    Great letter! All wars are won by battles that are won by skirmishes that are won by small groups or individuals. You are one of those individuals, thank you for your efforts to educate and convince the well-meaning, but ignorant. The malignant gun grabbers need support of the largely uninformed masses and hopefully you have removed a few of those.
     
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  4. Suge206

    Suge206 Seattle Active Member

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    Sensible. Good letter. I think a lot of gasp... 'liberals' agree with that.
     
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  5. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's a pretty good letter.

    Keith
     
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  6. AlphaCoyote

    AlphaCoyote Oh, I get around. New Member

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    I'm always interested in letters to the editor of the Issaquah Press. I think everyone is.
     
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