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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Three echoes support gun control from North Dakota

Three letters to the editor - from the Bismark Tribune.
It's surprising to find three letters to the editor in an apparently conservative newspaper, where the opinions favor supporting gun regulations, even where the assumption would indicate support for less gun regulations. Interesting points of view about gun regulation. (My echo series):
Letter number 1:

Country needs to enact gun reform ~ Evan Mandigo, Bismarck ND

I have been watching the breaking news about the horrific tragedy unfolding in a small community in Texas. Surprise, surprise, it was committed by someone who is reported to have used an assault weapon.

As I asked earlier, how many lives must be needlessly lost before the U.S. enacts some reasonable gun reform? It was 26 and counting so far in the Texas disaster. One is still too many. Ignoring the issue is a certain way to keep it easy to obtain and use assault rifles to take lives.

I would willingly agree to give up my "right" to own a weapon of mass destruction if it avoids one innocent death.

Letter number 2:

Murders were a gun situation ~ Larry Larsen, Mandan

I am a native North Dakotan who realizes that our state contains a lot of small communities like Wilton, Lincoln, Menoken, St. Anthony and Almont. 

(In fact), I and many other North Dakotans have sat in a church on Sunday morning, singing hymns, standing and speaking the liturgy and listening to the sermon. It is as normal as breathing.

The citizens of Sutherland Springs, Texas, were doing that same thing Sunday morning Nov. 5, 2017, they too were worshiping God in their church, but we all know their service was interrupted by a lone, mentally disturbed gunman, using an AR-15 semi-automatic gun that shot and killed 26 of them, whose ages ranged from 5 to 72 years of age.

Donald Trump traveling in Japan, a country with strict gun laws, declared, as reported by The Washington Post: The shooting was not “a guns situation,” saying instead he believed that it was a “mental health” problem and then added, “this isn’t a guns situation.”

Trump you are wrong; it was a gun situation and what are you and your Republican-controlled congress going to do about it? If your solution is, that I am going to have to carry a gun into the holiness of any house of God, for my protection and that of others, you are mistaken.

Genesis 28:16-17. Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

Letter number 3:

The gun lobby has trotted out the same old arguments after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“There will always be mental illness and hatred so limiting guns won’t stop the carnage.” 

There will always be mental illness and hatred. No matter how many people you institutionalize, imprison and kill, there will always be more. The only factor we can control is how many victims they can harm.

You can’t kill people from a block and a half away with a knife and you probably can’t kill 50-plus in person without a gun. You could build a bomb, but bomb-making materials are banned or monitored and limited for the same reason some guns should be — to prevent mass murder.

“If you stop the public from having guns; the criminals will still have them illegally.” Also probably true. But illegal activity stimulates search activities by authorities and the public can report criminal activity. Leaving weapons that were designed to kill people to be legal only means that there will be weapons for deranged people, that the gun industry has assured us are there, to use without any legal methods of stopping them.

“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Should we make all methods of mass murder legal because bombs and chemical and biological weapons don’t kill people? 

Some people use bombs, chemicals and biological weapons to kill other people.

A local doctor echoed the first two of these arguments after the tragedy. Should we not do anything to prevent illness and death because both are inevitable? 

Do you forgo washing your hands before surgery because the public won’t wash theirs during visitations?

“We will only be safe when we are all armed.” Other than corporate profits, does anyone really see a benefit of everyone carrying an automatic weapon? The predators among us will.

MaineWriter- Do Republicans read letters to the editor? 

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