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Not all of us intend to collect guns

Published 10:32am Sunday, February 10, 2013

To the Editor:

This country has suffered natural disasters and atrocities recently, but these are not excuses to demand government solutions.

It is up to us, we the people, to fix situations; to help our fellow citizens suffering disaster displacement; to offer condolences to our fellow citizens mourning a tragedy. We the people have forgotten it is our country, not the government’s country.

People supporting gun reform erroneously label those of us who do not. They think the only ones up in arms are National Rifle Association members and gun enthusiasts.

However, not all of us intend to hunt or collect firearms. It is we the people who see the degradation of moral fiber around us; in moral commonality, and the dismissive way we pass the buck for government to fix all our woes.

Schools are blamed when our children are not educated. Government is blamed when we find ourselves in hard times. Everyone else is blamed when we don’t have all that we feel we should.

This increased sense of entitlement and blame is why we non-hunters and non-collectors are up in arms.

We have no disillusioned fear of government attempting to confiscate all the guns from the American people. We do, however, fear that restricting our right to defend our families and ourselves could be threatened.

Some say the U.S. Supreme Court will sort it out. We the people must never allow a law to pass with the intent to pass the buck to the Supreme Court.

Some say they have no intention, like many of us, of stockpiling weapons and ammo. Some say they do not fear the idea of any politician trashing our Second Amendment. They should.

They should have great concern for any politician who would consider trashing any part of the Constitution or Bill of Rights. These are still sacred documents of our United States of America.

For those who still respect the rights our founders bestowed upon us, it is time for we the people to churn out the next great generation who will take responsibility; reach out to neighbors in despair; command greatness from those we hired to manage our government; greatness from ourselves and from our children. It is time for we the people to re-stitch our moral fiber.

Shal Biacsi
Franklin

  • handkusp45

    Ugh, Homeland Security is buying billions of rounds of ammo. They are purchasing SUVs with the gun slots in them.
    What are they expecting?

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  • Makalani

    RE: “Common sense was granted to us all by our creator. Its a shame that so few today choose to use it.”
    An excellent observation!”AMEN!

    “Ten states and the D.C. have their own laws requiring background checks for any firearm sold at a gun show…”
    “But federal law does not require background checks for ‘private transactions’ like sales at gun shows.” (cnn.com)

    The Creator is probably shaking his head at this glaring lack of common sense!

    Common sense should dictate that wackos/nutcases — anti-govt zealots — criminals — ex-felons — gangbangers — drug dealers — white supremacists — black radicals and other assorted societal scum should not be able to buy weapons — including assault weapons — without a background check at gun shows. But in 39 states — they can under current law!

    Millions of “we they people” — many apparently lacking common sense — are in a tizzy about the govt/politicians using a little common sense to try and close this loophole.

    Common sense also dictates that closing this loophole won’t eliminate the problem of the aforementioned societal scum getting weapons but will likely make it harder!

    AGAIN! An excellent observation and I concur 10,000%.
    A little common sense goes a long way!

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  • rdarden

    Shal Biacsi:

    You wrote a very good letter where common sense should rule in the endless issues confronting our nation today. Like yourself, I believe that not everyone in our nation intends on collecting firearms, but rather have one or two to aid in the defense of their home should it become a necessity. I applaud you for your honesty and your foresight on this topic. Common sense was granted to us all by our creator. Its a shame that so few today choose to use it.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “It is up to us, we the people, to fix situations; to help our fellow citizens suffering disaster displacement; to offer condolences to our fellow citizens mourning a tragedy.”

    Your sloganeering sounds great and I got a little misty-eyed/emotional reading them but for all practical purposes — your slogans are not very practical. Why?

    I did not see caravans of “we the people/private citizens go to New Orleans with food — water — diapers — medicine — toilet paper and other necessities following Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of hungry — hapless Americans — including children — wallowed in their own filth for days on end until the govt finally mobilized to help them.

    “We the people” are hopelessly divided and fractured along racial — class — party (R)(D) lines for starters. Not to mention “the haves”/those who work/pay taxes vs. the “have-nots”/those who do not pay taxes/entitlement moochers.

    Did I mention gays vs straights — pro-choice vs anti-abortion zealots — 2nd Amendment zealots vs those indifferent to guns/gun rights — Christians/religious people vs. agnostic/atheists (there are even deep divisions between the different religions) — those still waiting for the South/Confederacy to rise again LOL vs. the “get over it” crowd?

    Approximately 47% of Americans approve of Obamacare. Yet — those opposed still want it overturned despite it passing Constitutional muster/review by the SCOTUS.

    Middle ground is hard to come by when “we the people” are this deeply philosophically divided.

    Beside sloganeering — what is your plan for bridging these deep divisions in our society so that “we the people” can “get ‘er’ done” — implement some of the wonderful things in your slogans?

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  • rmcclenny

    Ask the chief of police how he feels about degradation of moral fiber and gun collecting. He knows the answers to everything.

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    • SandMan

      So true, rmcclenny…..he “demands” integrity in his underlings….then exhibits none in himself.

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