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Letters to the editor on Dole, gun rights, NRA

  • Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 12 a.m.

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Dole was last of political statesmen

Many thanks to Eagle reporter Roy Wenzl for his interview of Kansas statesman and former Sen. Bob Dole (April 21 Eagle). In an age when we lament the lack of compromise shown by our political leaders, it is important to realize how we citizens, as well as our leaders, have become polarized and “partisanized” in our views and lack the common unity we all should have as Americans.

Of particular interest in the interview was Dole’s own revelation of how he transformed from the leanings of “hatchet man” to a position of leadership – true leadership – that he gained from productively practicing “compromise” with Democrats. He did this by having what he called “Plan B,” a substantive alternative that could be agreed upon by opposing Senate colleagues.

It would be wonderful if every politician had such an amenable Plan B. Unfortunately, politicians today don’t think that far ahead. The saddest part of this interview was the failure of two current senators, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. In voting down the United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that Dole championed, they showed how there are no longer any great political statesmen.

CHUCK GLOVER

Wichita

Hands off guns

Before addressing the Second Amendment, Congress should enact laws such as the following: The press should be restricted from printing its opinions. Those who desecrate the American flag should be given 30 days in jail. The movie industry and Internet posts should be prohibited from having sexual insinuations or profanity. Access should be blocked to information about bomb making and other topics useful to terrorists, as well as computer war games.

Enacting these types of laws would start to improve or prevent attitudes that lead to many forms of crime, including theft, rape and mass murder.

However, we all know that the American Civil Liberties Union has created, through its onslaught of lawsuits, an America that is now unrestricted in the above areas. A “morality” without restraints has led to chaos.

Enacting such laws would trample on our First Amendment rights of free speech and the media, and they say we cannot regulate these issues. Nor can the Second Amendment be regulated. It “shall not be infringed.” Hands off.

AL EDWARDS

Wichita

Gun myths

Here are some popular gun myths, followed by realities, including some as reported recently by Mother Jones magazine:

•  They’re coming for your guns. Law enforcement and the military have 4 million weapons, while citizens have 310 million.

•  Guns don’t kill people; people do. States with the highest rates of gun ownership have a gun murder rate 114 percent higher than those with the lowest rates of gun ownership.

•  Keeping a gun at home makes you safer. For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are seven assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts and four accidents involving guns.

•  More Americans are becoming gun owners. More guns are being sold, but they are being purchased by a shrinking portion of the population.

•  We don’t need more gun laws, just better enforcement of those we have. Weak laws and loopholes make it easier to buy guns illegally. About 40 percent of prison inmates who had used guns in their crimes had acquired them from private sellers who don’t require background checks.

•  Most gun owners belong to the National Rifle Association. Only about 5 percent of gun owners belong to the NRA, and 74 percent of NRA members support background checks for all gun buyers.

DON ANDERSON

Winfield

Don’t deride NRA

The National Rifle Association is being unjustly derided by the liberal media for protecting our civil liberties. This same media report every mistruth and lie the liberals throw out.

There is no gun-show loophole; you cannot buy a gun from a dealer at a gun show without passing a background check. The same goes for Internet purchases. You can buy a gun from a private citizen at a gun show, or in a parking lot or back alley.

We will never prevent criminals or the mentally ill from obtaining guns or building bombs. Liberals eliminated “Saturday night specials,” and thanks to them, now all the criminals carry Glocks. We added “gun-free zones” and effectively made killing fields of our schools for mass murderers.

The liberals’ agenda is complete gun confiscation. That is why they propose legislation affecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. They know full well that the crazies, nut jobs and criminals will be unaffected. Then they just wait for the next horrific event to keep adding more restrictions, until they have every gun registered and then confiscated.

GREGORY J. LADA

Wichita

Irrational fear

I wonder why the writer of “Why I need AR-15” (April 20 Letters to the Editor) feels the need to own a semi-automatic gun and large magazine clips to protect himself from “the police, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” which he seems to fear might come after him with automatic guns. Actually, he is probably just an innocent, unfortunate victim of the inflammatory rhetoric of the National Rifle Association, which has irrationally raised fear of our government. It is extremely sad that groups are inciting paranoia in gullible members of society for political or business gain.

EDITH GUSTAFSON

Derby

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