Printed letters, January 29, 2013
Hunting is a privilege granted and controlled by the state. The right to bear arms is an inalienable right protected by the Second Amendment, and it arises from a power higher than government.
If armed citizens had responded in Aurora, it’s possible the shooter could have been neutralized in the 90 seconds it took police to respond. In any event, expecting anything less than pandemonium in those circumstances is fanciful.
How many school security officers would Jim Spehar be willing to fund, and from what sources? If none, does he trade that decision for later silence if the unspeakable occurs?
Columbine had a single assigned officer who, in a random and astoundingly tragic turn of fate, elected to eat lunch that day in his patrol car and observe students in the school parking lot. Normally he ate in the student cafeteria, where much of the carnage took place.
Virginia Tech is a 2,600-acre campus with 125 buildings, 33,000 students and 1,900 faculty members. The campus police department comprises 52 sworn officers, complemented by secondary security and campus watch personnel. The U.S. national average is approximately two officers per 1,000 citizens, or, on a comparable basis, a force of 70 officers at Virginia Tech before giving effect to secondary support personnel.
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, arguably the world’s leader in defensive firearm training for private citizens, has offered to train — free of charge — up to three school staff members from each school, college or university who are designated as “school safety monitors” by the schools’ chief administrators.
Jim Spehar raises cogent questions on gun violence
I read with great interest Jim Spehar’s column in The Daily Sentinel Jan. 22, “Wrestling with complex questions,” concerning gun violence and gun policies in Colorado and the United States. I believe Spehar is by far the most thoughtful, intelligent, articulate local columnist the Sentinel publishes.
His latest column summarized the recent history of gun violence and the gun communities’ responses to that violence. More significantly, he succinctly and thoroughly posed, as he put it, “questions I’ve wondered about as a citizen, a husband, a parent, a former elected official and a life-long gun owner while absorbing the senseless killings we’ve seen and also following the resulting debates.”
His column articulated and got to the heart of the major issues and questions surrounding guns and needed, sane gun control laws.
I, like Spehar, have been a hunter my whole adult life, and I presently own pistols, rifles and shotguns. Yet, I have no problem registering my guns (what do I have to hide?) if that is what it would take to bring sanity to the issue.
The most cogent of Spehar’s questions is: “Why is it OK for wildlife regulations to limit the ammunition in my rifles and shotguns while hunting, but supposedly unconstitutional to limit the capacity of clips for AR-15s and other similar weapons?” Is protecting animals more significant than protecting human life?
America refuses to teach rational basis for morality
In his Jan. 22 column, Jim Spehar looks for some officials to find answers to “important questions.” One problem is that the people in this country have turned our responsibility over to some elite, who have offered the wrong answers to things that are not so. If Spehar wonders why he is regulated in the number of shells in his waterfowl, sporting gun and yet, in another firearm for another function, he is not, then please, have a seat, sir.
Like Spehar, many are asking questions. A couple I did not hear, however, were: Why is America perhaps the first major civilization that refuses to teach a rational basis for morality (or even morality itself) to its youth? Do you think there might be consequences?
Did the people who were murdered during any of the shootings have any real worth? Certainly the ones grieving tell us so. Even Spehar must think so, as he is looking for answers concerning these folks and must also think that his musings (therefore himself) have meaning. What is the question here? Why do people have real worth and meaning? Or do they? If they do not, then there is no problem.
Are not the answers to these questions slightly more important than how much ammunition I can accumulate and discharge? They will certainly go a long way in informing one what not to shoot at and why.
Closed meetings show lack of responsiveness
County commissioners having closed-door meetings to get ready for the meetings, and not having transparency — seems like some back-scratching is going on by some outside sources.
I sent in several comments to one particular commissioner about working for the good of the county and to pass it on. I believe my comments went into the trash can. I never got a respectable reply. This may also apply to the city.
RAFAEL A. SALAZ