Guns are enabling enhanced violence
Gun proponents assert, "It's not gun violence, it's criminal violence."
Both terms mislead. Guns enable enhanced violence.
Hundred-round magazines and high-velocity semiautomatics enable far greater violence than knives and fists. That's why statutes impose enhanced penalties for use of guns in crimes.
Those who misdirect the conversation by obfuscating this dynamic role of guns completely disregard the concomitant increase in violence. They are dangerously wrong.
The Founding Fathers were not naive; their intended purpose of the Second Amendment was to protect us from foreign foes in lieu of a standing army, which they clearly abhorred. It was not to provide for potentially overthrowing our government by violent means as the NRA would have us believe. That interpretation would lead to anarchic tyranny at the point of a gun, as we see today in Somalia.
The Founders presciently avoided the prospect of such preventable bloodshed by instituting our constitutionally-mandated democratic elections and fixed terms of office so that through voting -- not bloody revolutions -- the people could reform government.
Denying the right to vote unpatriotic
Let's be clear about the 40 bills, making it harder to vote, that have been
Republican legislatures are not passing these laws to enable minorities to rectify their second-class status, as Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom posited in their Aug. 15 opinion piece, "Laws requiring voter ID are good for democracy."
These bills are targeted to suppress "undesirable" votes and voters (seniors, blacks, Latinos, and the poor, who mostly vote Democratic). Republicans are trying to turn swing states red by denying 500,000 citizens their right to vote and to ensure permanent Republican rule in America.
When I was a kid, I was told the big difference between the United States and the Soviet Union was that we had democracy and the Soviets had one-party rule. Now Republicans are actively working to destroy democracy in America and are not ashamed of it.
And they call themselves patriots?
Obama shouldn't be re-elected
Liberal special interest groups, union bosses and the Obama Democrats are not going to give up their grip on the White House and U.S. Senate without a fight.
After spending his first term focused on growing the size of government through Obamacare, passing more regulations and clamoring for higher taxes, President Barack Obama desperately wants a second term to finish his "radical fundamental transformation" of America.
After 41 months of more than 8 percent unemployment, more than $5 trillion in new debt, 46 million Americans now on food stamps and soaring food and gas prices, it's painfully clear we must make Obama a one-term president.
This is an extremely crucial moment in America's history. Obama must be defeated for our country to get back on track.
Obama is out to destroy this land that we love. With four more years, he will accomplish it. NOBAMA in 2012.
Supervisors need to ask tough questions
Once again, kudos to the editorial board of the Times. You've asked the questions that our Board of Supervisors failed to ask and raised the issues they've refused to investigate.
I can only hope that they read your paper and the letters to the editor, because they don't respond to their constituents, but apparently to the labor unions. Chief Daryl Louder, as you observe, should have had alternative plans to present to the board and the public.
First and foremost, as you also raise, are we using our valuable firefighting assets properly when apparently more than 75 percent of their calls are for medical issues. And, what's the nature of those medical responses? How many are truly medical emergencies? And, again as you note, the district's pension and health benefit programs are just unsustainable, let alone irresponsible.
Chief Louder and the board need to come up with a fiscally responsible plan and ensure the safety of the residents whom they supposedly serve.
James P. Tuthill