Cycle of violence must be ended
This is my response to all the people who are worried that we shouldn't let "politics" interfere with this tragedy.
Wrong! Politics should play a role because then we'll actually be doing something about stuff like this instead of just dismissing as an inevitable, normalized tragedy of American society, where mass shootings are but a routine obstacle -- a minefield that we have no choice but to tiptoe around in our quest for life. This is what politics is for -- to work for the good of the public. It's why we call politicians public servants, you know. Gun control would be a societal benefit for the public, so our public servants should do whatever they can to reduce tragedies like this so they can be treated as an aberration instead of "the new norm."
People, we've already dealt with this same thing in movie theaters, places of worship, malls and schools -- in this year alone and that's just the mass shootings. How much longer do we need to repeat the cycle before we cry "enough?"
Taxes deter fiscal growth
The Democrats crafted the term "fiscal cliff" in an attempt to blame the Republicans for the Democrats' inability to create any budget that controls spending and borrowing.
Additionally, President Obama and the Democrats tout higher taxes as the cure for a stagnant economy.
For the last two years, the Republican house majority has presented several proposals for balanced budgets and controlled spending. Obama and the Democrats refused to consider them; ergo, the fiscal cliff was created.
Anyone familiar with basic economics knows taxes deter growth and job creation and that government spending does little or nothing to stimulate the economy. Obama has proved this over the last four years. His insistence on more spending, borrowing, and taxes proves he either does not know what he is doing or is intentionally trying to destroy our economy.
Why would the president want to lead us onto the rocks of economic chaos? This makes no sense unless he is pushing for a complete change from our free enterprise system to repressive socialism. Think about it.
Teachers should have weapons
Once again, a terrible government decision has caused a tragedy. The establishment of "gun free zones" in schools, theaters and other places, has proved a siren song to another pathological murderer. Gun-free zone puts a sign on the location that says, "Come here, do your worst, no one will prevent your insane activity."
Israel had a horrible problem just like this 25 years ago. Their children were being slaughtered in their schools. The Israelis studied the problem, and determined that they had to arm and train their teachers to protector their children. They did. The problem was solved.
Dr. Ignatius Piazza, founder and director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, has offered to train, free of charge, three teachers from any school in the use and proper employment of handguns. The Institute's four-day course is the finest in the U.S.A., and it's free for the teachers (normal cost, $2,000).
Now, all we have to do is get our school administrators to accept the solution, and stop the slaughter.
2 million guns sold last month
According to one of the Sunday morning talk shows, two million plus guns were sold in the U.S. during November. If you are going to buy a gun, you may need to buy an assault weapon. Buying a pistol, you may be outgunned. That is like going to a gunfight with a knife.
Thank you to supporters
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Antioch voters for electing me to the Antioch School Board. Your overwhelming support will not go unheeded. I plan to be an advocate for all children and their families. I will be visible at the schools and listen to concerns from all school employees and parents.
I am proud to be a member of this wonderful city and this dedicated board, and will uphold the vision it has for Antioch schools.
Barbara J. Cowan
Antioch Unified School Board trustee
Shooter had mental issues
As our country reels in disbelief and agony from the devastating massacre of children and teachers in Connecticut, we are once again debating gun control.
And as usual, we will have our blinders on and we are not addressing any other collateral issues associated with this tragedy and others like them. This young man didn't just see a gun and decide I'm going to massacre a bunch of women and children. He was sick and demented. Somewhere along the way he snapped, whether from issues at home, mental illness or social issues that build up inside until it blew up.
He shot his mother in their home and then drove across town to murder those people in the school. He would have committed this atrocity even if he didn't have a gun. A car, homemade bomb, baseball bat, machete, ax, etc. He was going to do this. The end results would have been just as bad if not worse than the weapons he used. There are many examples of this fact from all over the world, they just don't get the same publicity as guns do, and that is a crime in itself. In fact, according to U.S. statistics, violent crimes committed with edged weapons and blunt force weapons are just as prevalent as gun violence. More people die from drunken driving every year than from guns.
As we grieve for this tragic loss of life and start the endless debate again, let's instead start addressing the core issues that brought this tragedy into our lives, and make then the focus of our efforts. Even if you get rid of all the guns in the world, atrocities like this will continue until the real core issues have been dealt with.
Paul H. Radliff
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