Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24, 2013

Fed up with gun violence in America

More than 10,000 Americans are killed every year by guns, and several thousand wounded. Guns are used for thousands of felony crimes. America is the most gun-violent nation of all civilized countries on Earth.

Ask yourself: Are we all safe? Are we really civilized? Are we resolute on a solution to gun violence?

I call the military assault rifles a true weapon of mass destruction. A definition of a weapon of mass destruction: Any weapon that can kill a large mass of people in a short period of time. This qualifies the military assault rifle as a WMD.

The NRA spokesman says to solve the gun violence at schools is give all teachers guns in every school in America, and let the teachers fire back at the bad guys.

Brilliant! Then we will have the OK Corral of Tombstone all over again.

I’m against guns in the classroom. Schools are a place for education. The NRA spokesman sounds to me like an old-fashion Archie Bunker who just got back from Disney World.

Any politician who does not vote to ban the military assault rifles won’t get my vote. We must come up with common sense laws to try to solve the gun violence in America.

All mass murderers need to be labled as cowards and traitors to our country. Maybe put the label on their tombstones. This is a very fitting label for their crimes.

Another big reason for the extreme gun violence in America is the Hollywood movies. The garbage Hollywood brings to our theaters, the extreme violence, the bloody, gory horror movies — a person would have to be really sick in the mind to call this top-of-the-line entertainment.

Along with the violent video games, there’s no doubt all of this is causing mental illness in some of our young people. It’s affecting their minds to a point where some of them become extremely violent. Hollywood’s violent movies greatly affect America’s gun-violent culture and must change or the violence will get worse.

The NRA wants no rules. Hollywood wants no rules. The drug users in America want no rules. Heck, make your own long list of groups that want no rules.

In America, if we have no common sense rules, we have no law and order. If we don’t have law and order, we have anarchy. America must try to solve gun violence or have anarchy.

Dave Gee, Kokomo


Progress in civil rights never a straight line

President Obama came out strongly for gay rights and marriage equality in his second inaugural speech.

He stated: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

He also listed the achievements of previous movements for civil rights by other groups in American history, including African-Americans and women. After all, at one time all of these movements were ignored and then strongly opposed, but eventually embraced.

But what about nations where gays aren’t treated with any ounce of respect or dignity? In Uganda there is a bill that would impose the death penalty for gay men for consensual sex with other adults, but also impose criminal punishment for those who don’t tell the government about the sex lives of gay men. It will not only be illegal to be gay in Uganda, but illegal to know someone who is gay in Uganda.

So while gays progress in the U.S., remember, there are many nations in the grip of religious fundamentalism so bad, it would make those who protest funerals in the U.S. because our nation doesn’t persecute gays, look like Thomas Paine freethinkers in comparison.

Progress is never a straight line, but for gays in the U.S., it is coming.

Shaun Slack, Kokomo