Guns and the economy: Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
Re "NRA: Congress will not pass weapons ban" (Jan. 14):
According to media reports, weapons -- particularly assault weapons and others with multiple-round clips -- are flying off the shelves of gun dealers nationwide. The huge volume of sales is not only in anticipation of gun control, but also for economic reasons. Weapons sales also spiked after President Barack Obama's election in 2008. Research may find that for multiple reasons, including increasing societal instability, a record number of guns were sold during Obama's first four years in office and in anticipation of his next four. By running up debt, the Obama administration has created a possible situation like the German Weimar Republic hyperinflation of the 1920s. Under Obama, the U.S. Treasury has been printing money like it is Monopoly money. If and when the inflation dam breaks, it may take a wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread. That situation could lead to a need to protect oneself and one's family.
-- David McCaughey, Long Beach
Gentle ban on pot shops?
Re "Medpot future cloudy" (Editorial, Jan. 4):
I know of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Long Beach operating in deliberate violation of the Long Beach ordinances, the last of which ordered all marijuana dispensaries to cease operation Aug. 12. I've notified the Long Beach mayor, vice mayor, city attorney, police chief and the District Attorney's Office, and no one seems interested in closing down these facilities. Individual police officers, however, have told me they want to close these illegally operating facilities, but are prohibited from doing so. Two of the locations are also in violation of the original Long Beach ordinance prohibiting operation of marijuana dispensaries less than 1,000 feet of elementary schools and/or public parks. Also, the original ordinance called for public hearings and in accord with state law, that all marijuana dispensaries must be "nonprofit." These dispensaries do not meet those requirements. Why do Long Beach officials continue to allow these facilities to operate. Is it money? To improve the neighborhoods where they are located?
-- Robert H. Stearns, Signal Hill
Religion and homophobia
Re "The gospel of inclusion" (Jan. 14):
It would be a win-win if members of the various religions would stop using their religious beliefs to justify their discriminatory and harassing behaviors toward members of the LGBT community. I believe that Rev. Mel White has every right to be angry at those persons and agree with his statement, "Leaders of the Christian right are making a terrible mistake when they misuse the Bible to condemn gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to support their societal prejudice that gays are bad and need to be healed." Persons in the LGBT community should be accepted and valued as whole persons, rather than being victimized because of their innate sexual orientation.
-- Karl Strandberg, Long Beach
The persecution of Lance Armstrong
Regardless of the negative press and television interviews about Lance Armstrong, there remains many of us who are inspired by his athletic accomplishments with or without banned substances. His Live Strong Foundation not only helped so many who battled cancer, but motivated many to show what he was able to do, despite his own life-threatening battle against testicular cancer. If the cynics would get on a bicycle and try to replicate his athleticism while ingesting powerful anti-cancer drugs, than maybe they would stop the persecution of Lance Armstrong.
-- Isadora Johnson, Seal Beach
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