Letters to the Editor, December 26-28, 2012
What does it mean to millions of Americans when Congress leaves town with the United States still speeding uncontrollably toward the Fiscal Cliff?
a) they are all cowardly sycophants;
b) they are lying;
c) they are merely posturing for political gain;
d) they really care nothing at all about those nervous Americans; or, of course,
e) all of the above.
Wait, wait, don’t tell me.
Connecticut, Kenya linked by violent acts
Newtown, Connecticut, and Kenya have something in common.
Assault-style semi-automatic weapons recently killed dozens in both places. Thirty-nine died in Kenya when a group of farmers killed men, women, and children of a neighboring herding tribe in the Pokomo and Orma communities. Twenty-six died at Sandy Hook Elementary — victims of a festering illness in a very sick mind.
What do they have in common? Rapid-fire weapons and high-capacity magazines, that’s what. Wayne LaPierre of the NRA went public with a statement that the only solution for dealing with gun-toting bad guys is the creation of a generous supply of gun-toting good guys. He failed to comprehend and remember that, despite the presence of two armed guards at Columbine, the carnage went on.
Mr. LaPierre’s statement was not received well by Americans who are feeling compelled to do something about America’s murder statistics. That "something" demands rationality, and it is no more rational to believe LaPierre’s statement than to endorse the proliferation of more nuclear arms and intercontinental ballistic missiles in anticipation of a new cold war. Considering the common maxim that "accidents just happen," it makes sense that the availability of high-capacity, rapid-firing assault rifles is an accident waiting to happen.
I know that hunting is a favorite pastime in our state, but I urge my fellow Utahns to support the strengthening of laws relating to non-sporting, military-style firearms. Assault rifles were made for only one thing. Killing. It’s time to make the U.S. a safer place.
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