E-mail letters, March 10, 2011

More concealed weapons
increase possibility of killings

Let’s talk facts and good sense about who should have the right to carry concealed weapons, and the consequences should they ever reach for their weapons. The known laws of probability and human nature provide certain indisputable facts.

We are not perfect, even when highly skilled and trained. We all occasionally slip, spill a drink, or drop a dish. You may be kissing somebody goodbye with a bang if you accidentally drop a loaded gun at a party or church. More people carrying loaded guns equals more people killed with guns.

Who wants to carry concealed weapons anyway? Usually it’s someone with a higher, sometimes exaggerated need for self-protection than the average. Thus someone psychologically more threatened and fearful is more likely to perceive another’s quick hand motion into a pocket as a reach for a gun rather than a Kleenex. This state of mind may be magnified for multiple reasons, from lack of sleep to drunken, angry Road Rage.

Suppose two strangers carrying concealed weapons become entangled in any situation of hot words and high tensions. Perhaps both may have had the weapons-training skills, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere between them when, for any reason, one reaches for a gun.

Currently they both could be legally carrying their weapons in plain sight in many places, so why do they want to conceal? Is it some wishful fantasy about being the hero on hand to stop a massacre, or perhaps to dodge the $152.50 for the privilege of the
permitting process?

As law-abiding citizens, my family has every right to know who around us is carrying concealed weapons. Then we can decide if we want to associate with them, or immediately flee the scene. We may not want the company of just any bumbling idiots who sees themselves as a 007 secret agent licensed to kill.

If I were a law enforcement officer I’d be petrified by this nightmare. No wonder they seem uniformly against this.
Lance M. Oswald
Grand Junction

Billionaires prosper while
government services are cut

Do you have a million dollars? A thousand million dollars (billion)? How about 50,000 million (the worth of Bill Gates)?

Since 2005, the number of world billionaires has almost doubled. The top 400 U.S. billionaires hold more wealth than half the U.S. population. If you’ve lost your home to
foreclosure, lost equity in your business or home, or been unemployed these numbers should interest you because the billionaire excesses have come from your pocket.

There is no shortage of wealth in the country. The problem is that the top 1 percent have been feeding at the trough of the American people while paying to have their taxes slashed again and again. Those who benefit most from the American system have rigged the system in their own favor while refusing to pay their fair share of the upkeep.

There are trillions of dollars (millions of millions) awash in our economy. It’s been “redistributed” to wealthiest of the wealthy at the cost to every hardworking construction worker, business owner, teacher, policeman, child and senior citizen in the country.

Our country’s state governments are in a deep economic crisis that mirrors the depression promulgated by fraudulent bankers and hedge fund managers leading up to 2008. Wall Street profits result in cries to cut programs that serve children, the elderly, the disabled, the hungry — essentially the poorest of the poor. The fraud of the bankers may be killing your family and friends.

The prophet Isaiah said, “Your leaders are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes gifts. They don’t bring justice to the fatherless, or the widow.”

We must wake up to the fact that taxes and distribution of our nation’s wealth are moral/ethical issues that have to be addressed with all the people in mind. Who will speak for the people?
Rev. Mike Burr
Koinonia Church

Wagner’s rantings are
a reflection of who he is

I agree totally with letter writers Eric Niederkruger and Rick Matthew. Let’s face it. Rick Wagner is a product of the Limbaugh-Beck school of pseudo-journalism.

It seems that one can expect nothing but demeaning and alarmist inanity from Wagner. Even homeless veterans offend his sensibility. His sole capability is demonization.

Wagner apparently doesn’t understand that his lack of objectivity and his continual demonization of others are, unfortunately, a clear definition of who he really is. It is acceptable to differ with others but it is not acceptable to consistently demonize them. Dale C. Stapleton
Grand Junction


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