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Opinion Letters

In my lifetime I've watched the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, all ban the possession of handguns. Remember registration leads to confiscation. Mexico to the best of my recollection has always banned handguns. How safe are you there?

Isn't it a shame that with all those people in a coffee shop in Sydney, Australia, not one person had the ability to defend against radical suicidal maniac with a sawed off shotgun. To have a shotgun was not illegal but to buy hacksaw and sawed-off was. I doubt if this could have happened in Texas. Do you get my point? Oh yes, the NRA gets a lot of flack from the liberal press which is nothing but a propaganda organ of our wannabe’s socialist government. How is this considered a radical statement “the only thing that will stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.” The second amendment along with the rest of our Constitution was written by a bunch of merchants and farmers.

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I certainly hope that Santa brings Bob Wilson a new “Connect The Dots” book – he could use the practice. He must not have had much direction in how to accomplish “dot connecting” when he was a child.

His frequent meandering letters are so clearly out of touch with what is verifiable fact, but then his goal is plainly to give additional ink to some of the most flawed far-right messaging.

To be clear, I do not find fault with papers printing this tripe as it is, after all, submitted to the Opinion section. These are his opinion. Note: his opinion. I usually won’t bother to read these contributions as they’re so clearly the conclusions of a very strange mind. I also do not usually call out letter writers by name, and will only refute the premise of their printed opinions. However, this person repeatedly shows his flawed and circuitous thinking with variations on quotes from what we all recognize as those notoriously twisted “Urban Legends.” Or, even worse, he offers his own invented “facts.” In short, these are in not facts.

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Every now and then, it’s good to review some of the events and facts that got us in the mess we have now.

I’ve mentioned some of this before but it deserves to be repeated so that we can understand the issues and know how they came about.

  1. President Carter laid the groundwork for the 2007 recession by passing a law requiring banks to finance homes for folks who couldn’t afford them.
  2. President Clinton put more teeth into the law in 1994 with threats of lawsuits against banks that didn’t comply.
  3. President Bush tried several times to limit the impending disaster he saw coming only to have bills he presented to Congress killed by Franks and Dodd.

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The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.

There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries. The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.

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