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Updated: March 12, 2013 6:02AM



President can’t have it both ways on guns, abortion

If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.

The latest example is the “gun control” legislation the White House is trying to pass. No one condones what happened at Sandy Hook, Aurora or any other example of gun violence.

With that said, the current legislation doesn’t solve this problem because no legislation ever will solve this problem. There are evil people in our society, and no one can predict when an insane person will go on a shooting rampage.

Statistics show 99.9 percent of these wackjobs, when confronted by someone with a firearm, stop shooting and either surrender or turn the weapon on themselves.

Common-sense solutions are needed instead of a president who, in a knee-jerk reaction, is more concerned about furthering the left-wing liberal agenda. The current legislation only limits the ability of a law-abiding citizen.

The president hasn’t come up with anything to limit violence seen in video games or from his liberal Hollywood friends.

People say, “Why does anyone need a magazine with more than 10 bullets?” But that is not the point.

To expose the double standard from the left, just talk about a ban on the heinous practice of partial birth abortion. The pro-murder camp claims that once a ban on this barbaric practice is in force, it will give pro-life advocates a foothold to try to ban abortion.

This is senseless rhetoric used to justify a horrible practice; meanwhile, common-sense solutions are overlooked because they “make” sense. It seems there’s no limit to what our government wants to get its hands in.

Jeff Eenigenburg

DeMotte

Guns in schools would mean more teacher violence

This is in regard to the letter from Ed Nemecheck entitled, “It’s about time we armed teachers to protect our children,” talking about the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association wanting to arm teachers because it is their constitutional right to carry guns and would cut down on needless killings in schools.

I think this is a ridiculous and impractical idea. Let me illustrate my point.

When I lived in New Jersey, I went to Rahway State Prison for an interview as a teacher. I asked the interviewer if I would have to carry a gun. He told me they don’t have guns in prisons because a prisoner could overpower the guards and take their guns away.

Imagine the situation in schools if teachers had guns, especially in junior and senior high schools. There would be far more killings and murders than you now see.

Someone should research the statistics in the United States on teacher muggings, rapes and killing — within the school setting. Crime in schools would drastically rise if students could get the guns the teachers were carrying.

Elinor Rozmus

Winnipeg, Manitoba



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