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Letters to the editor on Sandy Hook shooting, gun control, NRA, assault weapons

  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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United States has lost its way

Welcome to secular America. Let’s get God out of the classroom, and let’s not display or discuss the Ten Commandments. Have you noticed that Christmas isn’t about Christ anymore but is about amassing profits?

Let’s not make value judgments on lifestyles, language or art. Everything is just an alternative way of acting or thinking. Let’s replace wholesome entertainment with video games that glorify violence and music that disparages gender, race or nationality. And let’s not take personal responsibility for anything; after all, isn’t it the government’s responsibility to provide for our safety as well as our every want and whim?

It appears we’ve done all these things, and then some nut kills 20 children, and the media are left pondering what could have gone wrong.

Well, Congress could pass more laws, although there are plenty on the books. Maybe the no-gun symbol wasn’t large enough or bright enough or posted in a prominent enough location. But even if it had been, do you really think it would have stopped the shooter?

We could ban all guns. But all that would do is disarm the law-abiding and create a utopia for criminals.

At this point, I don’t have the answers. I wish I did. But I’m willing to run the risk of offending atheists and nonbelievers by saying, “God, help us.” We have lost our way.

JERRY W. DAVIDSON

Valley Center

Need gun control

Once again we Americans have been treated to the “slaughter of the innocents.” How many more times must we witness this kind of atrocity before our Congress will stand up to the maniacs leading the National Rifle Association?

I have been a gun owner most of my life, but I believe there is room in this country for some commonsense gun control. No American needs an assault rifle; they are not designed for hunting of anything except men.

If you need 30 rounds to kill a deer, I suggest you take up a different hobby.

ROBERT DETWILER

Wichita

Face reality

Though the vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding, the time has come to face reality: The National Rifle Association has too much power and influence over Congress.

In the past 30 years, the NRA has thwarted efforts to rein in what types of guns are manufactured and how they are sold. Even ammo clip sizes have increased to a lethal level, explaining why so many died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Now, the NRA must either accept some responsibility and agree to changes in our gun laws, or the politics surrounding this debate will further push our nation into disunity. Either way, the outrage will demand something be done, for this tragedy has tipped the scales dramatically.

MICHAL BETZ

Wichita

Why assault guns?

Would someone please explain again why any private citizen needs to own an assault rifle or an extended clip for a 9 mm Glock? There are parents in Connecticut who would like to know.

JOHN E. COX

Wichita

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