Printed letters, April 2, 2013

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus suggests that perhaps universal background checks on the sale of guns would pass through Congress if the government would not require recordkeeping on private sales.

For the Ruth Marcuses of this nation, we must pass legislation that will control the use of guns in order to solve the issue of mass killings.

Few people argue that background checks on the sale of guns in gun shops have stopped the wrong people from obtaining guns. Now, the feds want to follow our state’s example and go for universal background checks.

Marcus makes an extremely wrong statement when she says, “The government knows who owns a particular car and when, and to whom, it is sold. These records are computerized and searchable.”

Her statement may be true in regard to car sales from dealers, but it is false when it comes to the sale of a car between individuals. No one knows if I buy a car from another person until I register the vehicle.

At this point, the enemy within the Trojan Horse of gun safety is revealed. Universal background checks are not possible without universal gun registration. Once our government can induce its free citizens to register their guns, our free citizens will cease to be free.

If our mighty government cannot tell how many people are here illegally, how in the name of common sense can the government tell who among us owns a gun?

JAMES WELCH

Montrose

Officials have duty to follow 
mandate of Colorado citizens

No matter the subject affected, if the governing body is against the pure nature of a ruling, it will use its power to make it fail.

The governor of Colorado has been vocal in his displeasure of the new law regarding marijuana possession. The same can be said of local officials.

Face it. If politicians don’t like it, then its implementation will fail.

The same is true with medical marijuana efforts. Officials know what it will take to make it work, but they will not just do it. The people of Colorado have spoken, and it is the duty of the officials to do all they can to put it into effect.

MICHAEL CHACHO

Montrose

 

Repeat bullies should 
be expelled from school

Allowing bullying in our schools is giving credence to the violator for a future in crime. It is the bully who must have counseling. The bully and his accuser must be interviewed. Then document the abuse and decide if the act of bullying fits the school district’s definition of “any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student.”

If the act of aggression falls into any of these categories, the perpetrator should be personally driven to and from school by the caregiver and walked to a special segregated class for counseling, as well as for his or her normal assignments.

He or she should not be allowed back to the regular classroom before completing a manual of instruction for understanding his or her actions, the consequences of those actions and a change of attitude to his or her atrocities.

Having guns in the school may help keep mentally ill bullies out, but if the bullies are students and nothing is being done to stop them, it is a shameful act, especially when the school district is violating its own guidelines.

Bullying is a form of mental illness and, along with all the other mental illnesses, bullies should not be punished in the traditional way so much as learning why they react in this negative way, and then be guided back with the help of qualified counselors.

Then, if bullies continue in this aggression, they must be expelled.  They disrupt the learning of others, stress the teachers whose profession is to teach, not deal with discipline, and do nothing to enhance the school experience for the bully or the student body as a whole who are our future.

RITA LONDON

Grand Junction

 

Compassion is also due 
to Jacie Taylor’s family

I feel compelled to write this letter as a reminder to the general public and the media that justice has yet to be served, after 19 long and difficult years, regarding the murder of Jacie Taylor.

The continued focus on Robert Dewey and his attempts to obtain compensation for the time he wrongly served for her killing should not overshadow the fact that Taylor’s family and friends now have to endure another trial with all the accompanying heartache and grief it will bring.

Some compassion for them would seem to be in order, as well.

REBECCA FINCH

Clearwater, Fla.



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