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LETTERS: Love affair with guns; The Gospel of John; and more

By: The Gazette letters
December 31, 2013 Updated: January 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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America's love affair with its guns

Have been amazed at the wonderful flow of sorrow and loss around the girl who was shot by her stepfather, and not a sound of really how silly this whole scenario is: this country is armed to the teeth - and this city apparently hates any limitation of armaments - like that last recall vote revealed.

But when a man, is apparently trying to 'defend' his household against someone - anyone - entering his home uninvited, he has the unquestioned right to shoot and kill that invader. On the surface, and having lived on four different continents, this law seems ruthless and really quite silly. But, oops, it was my daughter. So warm sympathies arise for this helpless victim of America's love affair with its guns. I too, share that sense of loss, but in this case, the only real cause of her death is this nation's love affair with its guns.

So sorry, America, but some of your laws make me ashamed to be American. And while I'm sure that many would say, "if you don't love it, leave it" ... which I just may do, but that will simply be one fewer of us who long for a more peaceful, life-affirming environment than so many of the rest of you have settled on and would defend religiously ... maybe to the death.

Steve Spaulding

Colorado Springs

Stop being puppets of the NRA

As a person who has hunted and had guns most of my life, I guess I think differently than many hunters and gun owners. If we value human life we have to support some gun safety measures. Since Aurora and Newtown I have wondered nearly everyday if some of the victims might still be alive had there been a ban on the sale of assault rifles. Could the perpetrators have obtained an assault rifle anyway? Possibly, but neither of these individuals had a criminal background and would not have known where to go to quickly obtain one.

I think it is time for gun owners to stop being puppets of the NRA and no longer fund Wayne LaPierre's lavish lifestyle and exorbitant salary. We need to do the right thing and demonstrate that we are not willing to accept a high death rate from guns as an acceptable by product of unrestricted access to guns.

David Ryan


Very encouraging front page

The Dec. 26 Gazette first page, caused mixed emotions, smiles, tears, and very fond memories, especially Santa's (anonymous donor) picture and stories. Those homeless receiving his handshake and gifts, both parents, kids, and needy need to know more about him and what kind of extraordinary man and handshake they received.

As Paul Harvey would have said, "now the rest of the story." We (my wife and I) have been privileged and blessed to know him since 1958 when I first heard him speak at a men's seminar that I was invited to attend. I was immediately taken by the kind of a "gentle" gentleman he was and is, something very different and pleasant about him, humility overflowing, his message was unique, matched up and most unforgettable. He really had something to say, and did so properly. Among the many and noteworthy things about him, perhaps not in proper order, he is a Pearl Harbor veteran and a classic example of why Tom Brokaw in his book correctly named them the "Greatest Generation." They earned and deserved that title and much more.

Also significant and meaningful - the gifts he gave and connecting the dots at Christmas time - the Gospel of John booklet. I wonder how many realize the contents of that, if we read and heed with the Lord's help, will change our lives for the good, in fact for "the very best."

Merry Christmas all you dear ones, and I hope that it was. Thank you folks at The Gazette for a very encouraging front page.

Let's not forget the other kind soul - the guy who shared the front page with Santa, and the unspeakable heartache he is going through for the mistake of mistaken identity. Let's pray for him and his family, that perhaps they may also find solace in the Gospel of John.

Clyde Keffer

Colorado Springs

"Which way are you goin'? "

Representative Doug Lamborn has introduced a bill in Congress "to protect Christmas" (HR 448 "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas"). This work was in addition to his very busy schedule in the House; cutting food stamp benefits to nearly 4 million of the poorest Americans, and assuring that 1.3 million of our fellow citizens still struggling to find jobs will loose their unemployment benefits as the Christmas holiday draws to a close.

His priority set calls to mind the words from the Jim Croce song Which Way Are You Goin'? " . Say you love the Baby, And then you crucify the Man ."

Jerry White

Colorado Springs

A pleasant 45 minute drive

We are an older, retired couple and we're disappointed that Colorado Springs and Manitou chose to "opt out" of the opportunities inherent in retail recreational marijuana sales.

But it's all good, because two dispensaries in Pueblo West are licensed for recreational sales and that is a pleasant 45 minute drive from here. We intend to make a nice afternoon of it when we drive down there, eat at their local restaurants, fill our tank from their pumps and probably do a little shopping as well. That is our way of supporting a community that has the courage to support the full spirit of the law and the will of the people. We hope others will join us and everyone in Pueblo West will enjoy abundant prosperity from their decision.

John and Laura Corr

Colorado Springs

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