Chan Lowe cartoon and guns
In the Oct. 3, Gazette, a cartoon by Chan Lowe depicts a leftist's concept of an NRA member saying, "Now, if the people in that Vegas crowd had been armed." and a voice from stage left saying, ".it wouldn't have made one iota of difference."
I couldn't agree more. No gun in somebody's pocket could possibly be used to shoot at a crazed gunman in a window a quarter of a mile away and 300 feet above ground.
But let me create a word picture, since I can't draw. Imagine a caricature of Sen. Chuck Schumer with him saying, "[We need] laws that help prevent guns...from falling into the wrong hands." The anonymous reply is "It won't make one iota of difference."
More gun control laws will not prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. Chicago had 529 murders this year as of Oct. 4. It's nearly impossible for a private citizen to get a gun legally in Chicago. France is a country with very strict gun control. In France, the Bataclan nightclub massacre and other murders on Nov. 13, 2015, left 130 dead.
Severely restrictive gun laws do not keep bad guys from getting firearms.
Richard H. Timberlake III
Accomplishing something meaningful
In the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, our coffee group was discussing guns. We are all older citizens who grew up with guns and continue to hunt, sometimes successfully, so we think we know a thing or two. The first conclusion we came up with was that automatic weapons or weapons configured to act like automatic weapons don't have much use for the common citizen. They are expensive to own and they blow through a lot of ammo quickly, and while fun for a bit, that is also expensive. Most of us can still hit what we shoot at, so we don't need those for hunting.
Keeping them around for a "Red Dawn" scenario doesn't make sense either as a trained squad of soldiers with an armored personnel carrier would quickly neutralize any standoff. Effective resistance would more likely be hunters with longer range hunting rifles, harassing an invader. So before the inevitable cry starts for controlling all semi-automatic weapons some thought should be used.
Shotguns used for eliminating the aggressive sporting clay pigeons are often semi-automatic to allow quick follow up for the sneaky second flight. Many of the self-defense pistols for civilian and law enforcement are also semi-automatic operators. So, instead of a hysterical knee-jerk call for bans, tailor any suggestions appropriately. Work with the National Rifle Association, (hint: the worry is that a small beginning is the realization of the gun-grabbers dream) so be realistic and include some iron-clad guarantee that individual rights to self-defense and hunting will never be compromised. Then there might be a chance of accomplishing something meaningful.
Michael S. Welsh
Tebow and Kaepernick different
Tim Tebow is well known for dropping to one knee on the football field, head bowed in prayer, arm resting on his bent knee - known as Tebowing. To me, he was giving God the glory for his opportunity, strength, ability and wisdom to play football. That was not offensive to me, when he spoke about his opposition to abortion and his commitment to abstain from pre-marital sex, that's not offensive to me. He is entitled to his feeling about those issues.
Colin Kaepernick is well-known for refusing to stand with his teammates, during the playing of the national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter and to protest police violence against black people. That's offensive to me and millions of like-Americans of all races. It's disrespectful because millions of Americans of all races, have given and are giving their service and lives so we can have and keep the freedoms that we have.
Black Lives Matter should be changed to All Lives Matter. Sometimes the police do the wrong thing or things, sometimes the judges' decisions are wrong and unfair, but it's not just to one race.
Double standard on patriotic outrage
In light of his kneeling for the anthem followed by statements of not voting, wearing police as pigs socks, and wearing a Castro shirt, I am not a fan of Colin Kaepernick. However, where was the patriotic outrage from those espousing military support and family values when Donald Trump ran for president as a draft dodger who bragged about his "personal Vietnam" of avoiding STDs while being promiscuous?
True loyalty is to the nation
I've found that this recent NFL "kneeling during the national anthem" controversy can make for some strange bedfellows. I am not a Donald Trump supporter and in fact disagree with most of his political agenda. I do support the African American struggle for social justice. However, I am a disabled Vietnam veteran and will not sit idly by while others disrespect our country and our national anthem. I've been an NFL fan for over 60 years, but I will not attend games or watch them on television until this kneeling nonsense stops and the athletes find another means of voicing their protest. So, although on the surface it may appear that I am a Trump supporter, my true loyalty is to our great nation.
National symbols mean so much
If the NFL players want to protest something, let them find another way to do it. Leave the American flag and the national anthem out of it. If we accept this form of protest, soon it will be your choice "sit or stand".
Our national symbols mean so much or should to every American, to have them be pawns in this sort of action. I have been a Bronco fan for many years, but if they continue with this I'll not care if they win or lose.