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Turn the tragedy in Newtown into a movement for change

Published: January 29, 2013 4:00 AM

The shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., are all our children and President Obama is correct. We are not doing enough.

It's time for a peace-loving, enlightened society to do away with the public's ability to purchase high-capacity ammunition clips and prohibiting the availability of military-style assault weapons, both of which serve no purpose other than to inflict mass carnage, should be at the top of the list. We also must improve our nation's mental health system and increase the reporting of mental health records to the NICS background check database.

But there are other needed reforms that we should consider as well. These are not radical ideas:

n Requiring background checks for every gun purchase (74 percent NRA member support)

n Requiring background checks on gun shop employees (79 percent NRA member support)

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n Prohibiting individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms (71 percent NRA member support)

n Requiring gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen (64 percent NRA member support)

n Establishing minimum standards for concealed-carry permits (63 to 75 percent NRA member support).

We need this nation to run the tide in favor of common sense protections that can prevent gun violence. If the 26 victims in Newtown, including 20 5-year-old and 6-year-old babies do not inspire us to take our solemn responsibility more seriously, nothing will. There have been more than 500 reported deaths-by-gun incidents in the United States since New Year's Day.

We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. And change we must.

Frank Hairston, Ravenna Township

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anonymous Jan 29, 2013 2:39 PM

Well here we go again. Someone wants to ban guns because he is unable to learn the facts. Chicago and New York have the toughest gun laws in the country and more people are killed there in one day than was killed in Afghanistan. In both of these cities it is illegal for a criminal to have a gun but guess what, they have them. The Police will come to your home and take your gun, but they can not seem to take them away from criminals.

Also, since the news paper in New York published the address of gun owners, two homes have been burglarized and their guns taken. There is a law against burglary and criminals having guns. That sure worked there didnt it.

I want to know how come no one wants to take the mental ill people off the streets. That is the one common denominator in all of the horrific mass killing. The guy was mentally ill.

I want to know why no one sees the more dangerous thing being done here. The attempt to take our guns is bad enough, but the most obvious thing is utter disregard for the Constitution. The 2nd amendment is clear. The government can not infringe upon our right to own guns. The government has already taken away your free speech. If you dont believe that try using the N word. The government has already taken away your right to be tried by a jury of your peers. The Patriot act did that. In each and every case of the government taking away our constitutional rights they did so claiming a noble cause. They used the claim that the N word was an insult to the African American and they used the terrorist threat to be able to throw you sorry butt in jail without charges for as long as they want.

So if you want to preserve what little freedom we have left, you dam well better keep your guns, because it beginning to look like you are going to need them. Look what happened in Libya, Syria, and now Egypt. Read about Hitler and all the other dictators. They had to take the peoples arms first; then they took the people.

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 12:45 PM

WE NEED OUR GUNS TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THE TYRANNY OF THE GOVERNMENT!!!!! .... Really? If you're going to take up arms against the U.S. Government or Law Enforcement do the rest of us a favor and take it someplace else. We don't need shot because we're caught in the cross fire or you've played with your gun so much you've gone blind. I'll admit that at one time I bought into the "protect ourselves from the Government" stuff, then I grew up. Seriously. Studies now indicate the average male doesn't achieve actual sanity until around the mid 20s. Since I'm double that plus it's been a while since I've been fool enough to kid myself into thinking taking up arms against my government made any kind of sense. But then I'm a conservative and have this thing about pragmatism and reality.

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 12:20 PM

"Cain killed his brother Abel in a field" ... I've always wondered how good of parents Adam and Eve were. Apparently not much. I guess if you need a gun to protect yourselves from your siblings .....

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 12:14 PM

One would be a darn fool to not report a lost or stolen weapon. That Gun ends up doing something wrong* could come back on the former owner. Fact, if I were to sell a weapon the purchaser signs a paper verifying against an ID stating control of that weapon has been transferred.

"minimum standards for concealed-carry", thats where Kasich made a mistake. I believe Kasich signed a bill stating once a person is awarded a concealed carry permit their set for life, they never again need to show proficiency. I believe once the permit is issued the holder needs a minimum 4 hours a month in training for the first year followed by yearly exams. This has nothing to do with Second Amendment Rights and everything to do with not getting shot by your own weapon but mostly being able to use the weapon effectively in extremely stressful situations. It's not uncommon for someone to get their permit and then park the weapon (or merely punch paper on the range) thinking their ready to go. Not even close.

* I included the "gun doing something wrong" just to trip the trigger of the Redlegs. Doesn't take a mental health professional to realize some people have (gun) issues that run much deeper than the Second Amendment.

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 10:36 AM

The battle cry from the left is always use a tragedy or a crisis to further your agenda. These folks went to the finest schools in America, but yet they can't understand what the following phrase means, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED". How plain. "Shall Not Be Infringed". How can an educated person not understand what those words mean. DO NOT MESSY WITH THE PEOPLES RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS! They know, but they don't care. The left has wanted to disarm the people for years. CBS over the weekend had a professor from Georgetown University saying the constitution is old and out of step with todays America. That is the lefts real agenda. They don't care about kids being killed. Over 50 million babies aborted in America since Roe v Wade. Remember Obama said He whats to TRANSFORM America, this is one of the ways to do it. Change, or circumvent the constitution, which is what he has been doing the last 4 years. The left wants a different America, a Transformed America, a godless, unarmed America, America their image. Look at America's decline. The left has a blueprint on how to bring down, or Transform, America. The following 2 goals, were taken from the list of 45 Communist goals contained in the book, "The Naked Communist" written in 1958: by, W. Cleon Skousen former FBI agent.

Goal 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

Goal 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

People kill people. You need to change human nature. New laws and regulations won't change the mind of man. Cain killed his brother Abel in a field. Only the Spirit of God can change your mind.

Wake up People! There is more going on here than meets the eye! Google, to see the rest of the 45 goals. See how many have been, and are being fulfilled since 1958. The left wants a world government, and America is a turd in the worldwide punch bowl.

anonymous Jan 29, 2013 7:28 AM

"CHANGE WE MUST, you say???" Says whom?? "The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was 'NOT' based on or given to the public to 'save' the public from itself. It was written into the United States Constitution to 'PROTECT' the people from the United States Government. Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!! And, unfortunately, it was and is 'mentally ill' people that have perpetrated these heinous crimes. So, let 'us' all put the blame right where it needs to be, with a mental health system, that has 'failed', and does NOT help those whom need immediate help. In all of the recent killings the perpetrator/s could have just as easily 'strapped' a suicide belt on and pulled the detonator killing many more than these unfortunate victims. But, to 'register' every gun a person owns would be a 'road map' by the government to confiscate each and every gun that a 'registered' owner might have had in his or her possession. Effectively negating the reason someone purchased a gun in the first place for protection against their own government. What you are saying is take away the means to defend yourself and your family from a government gone mad itself. The 'VERY REASON' the Second Amendment was put into the United States Constitution in the first place???