Printed letters, February 13, 2014

On Feb. 2 I witnessed a shooting in the Albertson’s parking lot. What I witnessed was a woman with a large female pit bull. After the dog barked and lunged at me as I walked through the lot to my car, I noticed the dog was intently focused on a man with his two young daughters approaching the store.

The dog was barking and lunging. The handler tried to restrain her dog but was unable to do so. The dog started going toward the two young girls. As the dog reached the girls, it appeared that one of the daughters was bitten in the hand. The dog slipped her collar, and the woman lost control of the dog.

As the dog went after the girls, the man pulled out his pistol and shot the dog, severely injuring it. The woman screamed for him to shoot the dog again, which he did.

Right after the second shot, as the dog was dying, the gentleman called the police. The dog handler took the badly shaken, scared and crying little girls into the store.

I am convinced that, had the gentleman not had his gun with him, two young girls would have been horribly mauled or dead. This is a perfect example of why, as Americans, we have the right to bear arms.

I am a dog owner and an animal lover, and I don’t own a gun. It was horrible to watch this poor animal have to be shot because the owner could not restrain it.

It seems that if people want to have dangerous dogs, that is their right, but they should keep them at home. If, however, these animals need to be out in public, it seems to me responsible dog owners would harness and muzzle their animals to protect the community.

Thank you to the police officer who responded within a few minutes.

KAREN E. MELKUS

Grand Junction

Senators supported treaty that
would been ‘perfidy of liberty’

This letter is addressed to my fellow American citizens who love liberty and the sovereignty of our beloved country.

Although not reported by the most news media, a recent vote by the Senate turned down ratification of the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which was pushed hard by President Barack Obama.

This is good news for all of us who love freedom, except that 46 senators who swore to uphold the Constitution voted to ratify this perfidy of liberty. Colorado’s two Obama lackey senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, voted to put your personal, private firearms and ammo under an international gun registry.

Bennet and Udall voted for a treaty that contains Point No. 11, which calls for “Member States To Support Weapons Collection And Disarmament.”

It is past time to clean house, get rid of these two enemies of liberty and elect senators who respect and adhere to our beloved Constitution.

Bennet and Udall put out a lot of propaganda about “doing good,” but actions speak louder than words. They voted to allow a bunch of U.N. thugs to have authority over sovereign United States citizens. Let’s get rid of them.

J.N. BURKHALTER

Grand Junction

 

Enstrom made great candy
and was respected legislator

Regarding Enstrom’s Candies and the Legislature, the current speaker of the House has no taste.

I served on the Legislative Council staff for a number of years and as a lobbyist for the University of Colorado. I also had the privilege of knowing Chet Enstrom, who was a thoughtful, respected and talented senator.

Enstrom made the wonderful candy that exists today and provided thoughtful solutions to problems, unlike the current crop of legislators we have today.

Just send them a Valentine card. They have no taste.

JOYCE EMERSON-KUHNHAUSEN

Grand Junction

 

How did Seahawks so quickly 
crack Peyton Manning’s code?

It appears that sneaky Pete Carroll put one over on foxy John in the recent Super Bowl. According to Seattle safety Richard Sherman, the Seahawks cracked Peyton Manning’s hand-signal code at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter. So, their defense knew the nature of every play as soon as the Broncos on offense did.

We can believe they cracked the code, but the claim that they did it during the first quarter is a stretch. How about during the two weeks prior to the game? Otherwise, how did the Seahawk players learn what those plays were, what their role was and how to counter them while the quarter was in progress, and they were already destroying the Broncos’ offense on every play?

And how did sneaky Pete manage to stack the stands with his “12th Man” trained seals to force Manning to rely on hand signals to communicate with his team? Come to think of it, how did Seattle destroy Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in two games? Just more stolen signals?

It appears there’s something rotten in the state of Washington — and in the NFL, if it doesn’t do something about it.

CHARLES MILLER

Grand Junction



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http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp

Claim:  A U.N. small arms treaty signed by the U.S. provides a “legal way around the 2nd Amendment.”  FALSE

The Arms Trade Treaty has nothing to do with restricting the legal sale or ownership of guns within the United States. The aim of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is to combat the illicit international trade of arms…

The text of the proposed treaty specifically “reaffirms the sovereign right and responsibility of any State to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems,” so even if such a treaty came to pass, U.S. rights and laws regarding the sale and ownership of small arms would still apply within the United States.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp#SCpGGMzR3OP0Dv0q.99

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