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Friday, April 12, 2013
Don't use Newtown for abortion politics
The Roanoke Times staff who selects political cartoons reached a new low in taste and judgment with the cartoon in the April 9 paper (by Bill Schorr/Cagle Cartoons). It is simply despicable to continue to politicize the tragedy in Newtown in such a ridiculous manner.
The equal, opposite of this cartoon would be to show two panels with a donkey Democrat and these captions: "Life does not begin with conception and . . . we can't really decide on when it begins - but we know it does too frequently end with the bludgeoning to death of a newly born, unsuccessfully aborted baby."
Please stop using the tragic deaths of our nation's children for some perceived political gain. Again, despicable.
The first explorers weren't takers
Re: the April 4 cartoon of Ponce de Leon landing in Florida, by Jeff Parker of Florida Today:
I am not sure it is a valid comparison to illegal immigrants.
But I am fairly certain Ponce de Leon did not plan on soaking the government for free medical care and Social Security.
Don't do the wrong 'something' on guns
Tragedies like Sandy Hook make us all want to do "something." But let's do something that works.
The proponents of current gun legislation before Congress readily admit it will not prevent such tragedies, but they think the timing is right to promote their anti-gun agenda (and they can claim they did something).
But criminals and the mentally disturbed tend to ignore laws. So what's the answer?
First, encourage your congressman to improve the National Instant Criminal Background check system. (Just say "fix NICS.") That means amending HIPPA's health information privacy rule so that the mentally disturbed are included in the system.
Second, enforce gun laws already on the books.
Finally, reread our Constitution and Bill of Rights, then do a little research.
Read the constitutional papers and documents that give insight into the thinking of the founders as they debated and prepared these profound documents of freedom that so many Americans have fought to preserve.
Do this for yourselves. Do this for your country. Do not be misled. Our freedoms are interconnected.
Demand action on gun control
Why is it there was such an uproar nationwide about the Rutgers coach that he was fired, yet 26 people are killed at a school, 20 of them children, and we sit back and let the National Rifle Association set the law for gun control?
The players at Rutgers had choices; they could report the abuse or leave the team.
The children in Newtown had no options. They were sitting ducks.
The Second Amendment needs revising. In the 200-plus years since it was written, guns have evolved. The amendment hasn't evolved with it.
If you want to follow the Second Amendment, keep all the muskets you want. These were the type of guns used at that time.
Keep your guns for your protection and hunting, but get background checks; ban assault weapons, as these are used for mass killings, and tighten gun show loopholes.
Our moral conscience is heading in the wrong direction when we care more about what's going on in a sport than we do about what's going on in our schools, theaters, places of worship and our streets.
It's time to refocus our priorities.
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