Letters to the editor on gun control, Kobach, tornado-relief bill

09/23/2013 12:00 AM

09/20/2013 4:58 PM

Gun-control efforts won’t be as urgent

So on we go. Again, the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers and gun sellers are bracing themselves for the storm of money coming at them. Perhaps this time there will not be so much money blowing to them because there were no children murdered. Thus, the effort to well-regulate our right to bear arms will not be so urgent, and may fail after a few weeks rather than a few months.

They used some of the money that rained down on them after the murder of the children to facilitate Colorado’s recent recall election, which defeated two state senators who had voted to regulate the purchase of firearms by broadening the requirement for background checks.

I don’t know that the NRA is involved in all of the opposition to the regulation of the bearing of arms. A recent report on how the state of Iowa is issuing permits for totally blind people to carry guns in public made no mention of the NRA.

If the NRA and the gun sellers are disappointed in the relatively small money storm after this month’s multiple murders, they may rightly comfort themselves – there will be many more.



Tell the truth

I try to sit back with my mouth shut. (Proverbs 17:28: “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”) But sometimes there is something that needs to be said.

With all the shootings, it is easy to blame the gun. Yet we do not blame the car for killing more people.

If we want to blame something, then blame the news media. It is sad the news gives the shooter so much publicity. Some of these people would never shoot a bunch of people if their names and photos never appeared on the news. We also have talk shows analyzing the shooters. Reporters talk with their families. All this encourages an unstable person who should not have a gun to take one up.

One last thing: How stupid is it when a reporter shoves a microphone in the face of a victim of any tragedy and says, “How does this make you feel?”



Court was clear

It is time for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to take his own advice and read the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote is unconstitutional. If he did, he would find that the ruling means exactly what it says. If you register to vote using the federal form, you are eligible to vote – no other documentation is necessary.

His plan to have a two-tier voting system was also addressed. The court said that if you can vote in a federal election you can vote in a local election.

I am not an attorney, but I can read and understand what I read. It would seem that Kobach can’t.


Bel Aire

Proud of bill

At the beginning of the 2013 regular session, I sponsored and co-sponsored a host of bills on behalf of the Kansans I’m proud to represent. One bill that I’m most proud of is the property-tax relief provision (“Tax relief for tornado victims,” Sept. 19 Local & State).

It was an honor to co-sponsor this bill with Sens. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, and Mike Petersen, R-Wichita. It reduces property taxes for homeowners whose homes have been destroyed or substantially damaged by catastrophic events.

I’m also proud to see that Sedgwick County commissioners have taken the appropriate steps to adopt this program for residents of Wichita.


District 29


Amazing sight

I couldn’t believe what I saw the other day when a car stopped at a stop sign was actually behind the crosswalk.



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