Letters to the editor on gun vote, gun rights, Kapaun, Keystone, Bible

04/20/2013 12:00 AM

04/19/2013 6:10 PM

Remember gun vote at next election

Our Kansas senators, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, voted “no” on a bipartisan bill that would protect Kansas citizens (“Gun-control measures fail in Senate,” April 18 Eagle). Allowing anyone to buy guns on the Internet and at gun shows puts guns in the hands of people who may harm innocent people.

As a Republican, I regret that my party made a political decision, not one for public safety. At the next election, many of us will remember this vote.



Why I need AR-15

I need an AR-15. Furthermore, I need several 30-round magazines to go with it.

Why, you ask? Well, let’s put aside the fact that it is none of your business or, for that matter, none of government’s business to ask. (The Second Amendment affirms my right to keep and bear arms.)

I need an AR-15 because the bad guys have them. I need an AR-15 because the police, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have them. If someone is attempting a home invasion with semi-automatic or even automatic weapons, I don’t want to wait the 15 to 20 minutes it takes for the police to arrive with their semi-automatic weapons.

I need an AR-15 because as long as I and other law-abiding citizens have them, the government will think twice before infringing on the other rights affirmed by the Constitution. That is the real reason we have the Second Amendment. Not so we can hunt. Not so we can target practice. Not so we can defend our home and family until the police come to file their reports. But to protect our rights.



Deserve recognition

This month has been wonderful for Wichita – first the Wichita State University basketball success, and then the honors for Father Emil Kapaun. Those who watched the streaming videos from the White House and the Pentagon had to be thrilled. The off-script comments by the president and those at the Pentagon went straight to the heart. Especially touching were the tears from those who survived the Chinese prisoner-of-war camp and were with Kapaun. This recognition was, in many ways, final justice for them as well as for Kapaun.

The Korean War, known as the forgotten war, was suppressed, and this was probably partly responsible for both the long delay in recognizing Kapaun’s heroics and the failure to recognize the suffering and combat hardships those men experienced. More died in Korea than in all the Middle East wars.



Next on leak list?

Does the Keystone XL pipeline serve the national interest? Does Keystone serve Kansas interest?

The National Congress of American Indians says “no.” The NCAI resolution requests the U.S. government take aggressive measures toward clean alternative solutions and improved energy efficiency.

We need look no farther than from where the TransCanada pipeline begins to where it crosses the U.S. border to find dozens of leaks. And now that TransCanada and Exxon have pushed tar sands in the United States, we already have experienced spills into our rivers and onto our land from Yellowstone to Michigan to Arkansas and counting, polluting the water that all life depends on, including human life.

And now they want us to trust them with our aquifers and the land that feeds nearly all?



Also a terrorist?

I find it interesting how people in the know, such as our politicians, tend to label a person as a “terrorist” when an explosive device is used. But when someone shoots up a theater or a school with a tool (gun), he is labeled “mentally deranged.”

Why isn’t that person labeled a terrorist as well? I see no difference, as they both inflict terror by creating immense fear on the part of the public. They both have the same evil intent to do bodily harm and kill mankind. Is the reason we label one a “terrorist” and the other “mentally deranged” to keep the heat on the gun-rights advocate? After all, I might be considered a future terrorist because I own a “pressure cooker,” or should I be considered “mentally deranged”?



Bible challenge

In reply to an April 12 Opinion Line comment that people believe in the Bible based on faith, not facts: One’s unbelief in the Bible does not keep it from being true. The skeptic was not there in the beginning either, so whatever one believes about it, it is by faith.

Historical records support the Bible. Much of the early texts of the Bible have been found. Many of its prophecies have been and are being fulfilled. Many lives have been changed from despair to hope, from evil to right living, from hate to love.

God answers many prayers when we believe the Bible’s promises. Our trying to fathom God’s ways might be like an ant or a flea trying to figure us out.



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