Email letters, April 18, 2013

NRA thwarts wishes of majority of Americans

Rarely, maybe never, is the American public wrong when close to 90 percent of the public agrees on an issue. That’s the rough percentage of Americans who agree that there should be stronger background checks before buying guns.

Why, then, did such a belief fail to get through a vote in the Senate?  It failed because 41 Republicans and five Democrats fear the National Rifle Association. An unelected special interest group is holding us hostage, and we need to respond.

While I don’t respect single-issue voters, it’s important that people not forget this vote. We elect politicians to represent us. These 46 senators deserve to lose their seats. They shouldn’t lose their seats to even further extremists, so pay attention. Look for someone who will actually represent the will of the American public.

I can agree with the 46 senators who voted against this bill that it wouldn’t solve all the violence associated with guns. I disagree strongly, however, with their votes against it.

I think it was far too weak a bill, but at least it would have sent a message that Americans are tired of senseless violence, and that the NRA doesn’t represent America’s current values. 

Instead, we are sending a message that America values guns more than it values the lives of innocent children. It sends a message that votes can be bought by an extremist agenda. It sends a message that Americans don’t care.

I disagree. Let’s not forget this vote.


PETER WESTCOTT
Carbondale

‘Girlfriend’ an inappropriate term in Brainard coverage
I am always surprised, when I read the coverage of the Rick Brainard arrest, that the word “girlfriend” is used to describe his live-in.

When I hear the word girlfriend in conversation, I think of a young teenaged girl in a romantic relationship with a pubescent young boy. Not the brutal relationship of an over fifty-year-old man and a similarly aged woman.

I am sure as journalists you have available more descriptive words useful in the discussion of this relationship. In any event, in referring to Brainard in the future, I hope that the term “councilman” is not used.


ROBERT A. TALLARICO
Grand Junction

Is the outlawing of pressure cookers next?

So, to keep in line with the reasoning of our esteemed and highly intelligent politicians, we should probably outlaw pressure cookers, ball bearings, nails, black garbage bags and backpacks. It makes as much sense as outlawing guns and magazines. It was never about the guns, it is about control, period.

The recent problems we’ve had (and in no way do I mean to diminish the heinous acts of terrorism) are due to people, not guns, not pressure cookers.


When Timothy McVeigh blew up the building in Oklahoma City. killing 168 people including 19 children, I didn’t hear anybody advocating outlawing fertilizer, fuel or vans. We went after the perpetrator and got rid of him. What’s happened since? 

It’s for sure we don’t have smarter politicians!  We just have liberal lackeys who think total government control of individuals is the answer to all problems. A free man who can fend for himself is a danger to this sort of idiot.

NEWT BURKHALTER
Grand Junction



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Hey Newt, They won’t outlaw them, but our housewives, chefs and culinary students as well as mechanics and carpenters will have to pass background checks, be required to have a federal explosives license, and be subject to ATF inspections, all of which they will have to pay for of course.

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