Letters to the editor, April 25
April 24, 2013 1:28PM
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Updated: May 26, 2013 6:06AM
Many options to stop
violence before gun bans
I firmly believe the problem we face in this country is not one of guns, but of mental health. In recent stories about Adam Lanza, Jared Laughner, and James Holmes, pictures have been painted of troubled young men with a history of mental problems. We, as a society, failed at every turn to get these (and many other) people the help which could have prevented any of them for seeking violence as a solution. Put simply, the U.S. mental health system is a joke. I would fully and readily endorse training for teachers and school administrators to help them identify troubled youths, and the development of the necessary infrastructure to treat them in a compassionate, non-stigmatizing way. I feel this is a matter both sides of the aisle can agree upon. What we need right now is a solution, and I don’t believe assault weapon bans or magazine capacity limits are the answer. Even if they were, gun control is an issue so divisive as to be unproductive in debating.
Regarding universal background checks, I have a couple of thoughts. While I don’t see why I should need to get a background check in order to sell a firearm to a lifelong friend or family member, I can appreciate the desire for universal background checks to keep felons and the mentally ill from getting their hands on weapons. If we are to require universal background checks, they must be free of charge and easy to use. I would also like to know that, like the current NICS system, no permanent record of firearms transactions would be kept. In the technology-driven era which we live, this should pose no problem to accomplish.
Lastly, I believe in better enforcement of existing gun laws and stiffer penalties for violators. To my knowledge, the BATFE still doesn’t have a full-time director. Let’s get on that. They also have a pitifully small force, which needs to be beefed up immediately in order that they may be able to do the job with which they are tasked.
In summation, I feel that in a nation with a guaranteed individual right to keep and bear arms, gun control should be a last resort to curb violence, only after every other option has been exhausted.
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Did you know that your social security number is openly traded on the stock market? Go ahead and check it out. You can get your stock quote using the number on the back of social security card. Last time I checked mine, I was trading for about 7.86 cents a share (rather disappointing to say the least).
While you’re checking that out, you might also want to look up the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and find out what your birth certificate really means under Admiralty Law. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” - a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.