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Updated: March 27, 2013 6:01AM



It’s one thing to have a gun, another to support killing

I have a permit to carry a handgun and do. I can hit what I aim at and don’t need 39 more bullets in case I miss, nine more would suffice unless 39 more rabbits attacked at once.

I was set to join the NRA years ago until I realized they were just Republicans lobbying for the gun companies on my dime, not me. Guns are a “necessary evil” in this world, and good for what they are good at if you use them for what they were intended. But that was then and this is now, yet their tactics are still the same: “Obama’s gonna take your guns,” “gun laws don’t help,” “Obama ordered Sandy Hook” — these are pretty outrageous claims even for Republicans.

They boycott all reasonable legislation to satisfy gun extremists and the rich 1 percent they serve, not you, the eventual victim. Like spoiled children who don’t get their way, they need armor-piercing bullets and hollow points to protect themselves, and don’t care how many are innocently murdered in the process, unless of course their own children are in the crosshairs.

We live in the country where coyotes prowl and hawks will snatch your cat for lunch if you aren’t careful. Out here I have a gun for protection against four-legged varmints, in the city I keep a gun for the two-legged kind who have no moral compass.

Maybe the NRA’s unofficial cheerleader, Ted Nugent, can answer why a carrot is more orange than an orange, but he’s no qualified spokesman for the average gun owner with a conscience. But hey, who cares? No law can stop a madman. But unless Main Street speaks out against this insanity, nothing will ever change and more will needlessly die from the indifference.

Chuck Holley

Otis

Boy Scouts should be able to keep gays out if they want

I am tired of being told what I must accept.

Our laws, as President Obama has stated many times, are written to include the rights of every citizen; therefore, regardless of one’s physical, sexual, educational, etc. preference, the civic rights of all citizens must remain the same; however, there are no laws written forcing citizens to change their moral values. This is left to the home, churches, organizations and groups with which one affiliates.

No organization, etc. should be forced to change the moral code upon which its rules and regulations are built, except by the desire of its members. Any citizen wanting to be affiliated with an organization should expect to be made aware of the rules of the body and to abide by them. If the rules are unacceptable, then such individuals should and could create like organizations with rules they can accept. To try to force their unwanted beliefs, wishes and customs on others is tantamount to stealing our inalienable rights, and should be disallowed.

Boy Scouts of America, stand strong! You have an old and wonderful program. That goes for the Girl Scouts also.

June M. Brown

Gary



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