On gun control and the NRA: Nikolas Cruz may have pulled the trigger of the gun, but the NRA put the gun in his hands.
- Guns aren’t the problem. There are 300 million of all kinds floating around the country, and an infinitesimal fraction are used by people to hurt other people. But there has to be something going on in our society that has caused angry, evil or mentally disturbed young men to plan and carry out these rare mass shootings. Is it because of social media? Violent video games? Bullying in schools? Broken families? Anti-depressant drugs? All of the above or something else? Whatever the cause, we need to sit down as a country and figure out how we can identify, help or stop crazy or violent individuals before they carry out their deadly attacks.
- As a Marine, I used an M-1 rifle. As a hunter, I have used bolt action and limited-clip rifles. As a sportsman, I have used a variety of guns at the range, excluding AR-15s or AK-47s. For those who have a need to use the latter two types, let’s restrict such to range-only rental access. Shoot them, leave them. They are not needed for home defense or personal safety.
- In the Feb. 12 cartoon (Page 4A), the politician sells his soul to the devil. The amount not shown is for $171,977. Some have called House Speaker Paul Ryan a coward. He is not a coward. He’s an agent of the gun rights lobby, who gave his last campaign $171,977.
- With the recent school shooting, you’re hearing that the NRA has bought Washington with all of its money. It’s not the NRA that is buying Washington; it’s their voting block that is their real strength, ordinary Americans like you and me who will vote to protect our gun rights.
- I am so proud of the teens in Parkland, Florida, for turning their grief and anger into action by starting a movement called March For Our Lives. Our government has failed them by making no changes as to all of the defenseless shootings. They want legislators to stop accepting the huge contributions the NRA makes. They want background checks before gun purchases, bump stocks and semi-automatic rifles to be banned and screening and treatment for the mentally ill. Let’s help these kids force changes to occur.
- Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA, owns the Republican Party in the United States. Change that, and you may get effective gun control laws passed in this country to reduce the amount of innocent victims slaughtered.
On the FBI: If the FBI protected our children as well as they do the Clintons, there would be 17 more kids alive in Florida right now.
On Sunday story, “A movement in motion” (Page 1A): I find the front page article in The Sunday Gazette on the #MeToo movement disgusting. Are these women bragging or complaining? Abuse is one thing. Whining and poor-me is infantile behavior. It’s time to face reality and grow up before no one can even speak to another person anymore for fear of being accused of harassment.
On a military parade: A Feb. 14 Sound Off caller was upset that liberals were critical of Trump wanting a big and outrageously expensive military parade and guaranteed that if Obama, Clinton or Biden had suggested a parade, they would be all for it. Well, they did not suggest it because it is a stupid idea. We’re not North Korea, not yet.
On concerns about voter suppression: Wisconsin offers a state identification card for free. Federal elections take place every two years. If a person can’t get to the DMV within two years to get a free ID card, that’s not voter suppression. That’s simply laziness.
On voter turnout: As a veteran, I’m extremely disappointed with the Tuesday voter turnout. With critical issues like voter ID, gerrymandering and shenanigans surrounding the John Doe probe, the makeup of our state Supreme Court should have brought out 100 percent of the voters. Shame.