Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 10, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Gun laws lack common sense

There have been so many claims flying around about guns that it is sometimes like trying to drive in a blizzard.

Did you know there has never been a mass murder by someone who legally purchased a gun, had the background check and took a safety course? Criminals have done so, and the very fact they are criminal means they do not obey the laws.

Did you know that more people are injured by baseball bats and knives each year than guns? (FBI statistics). Millions were spent on 30-second ads in the Super Bowl trying to influence our behavior. They must be fools because we are told two-hour violent movies or violent video games played day after day have no effect on us. The advertisers must be fools.

On the subject of guns, I’ve never seen a gun load itself, select a target and shoot someone. I’ve seen people do that (10 years in the military), but never saw an inanimate object do it.

Yet we do not wish to take into account effects on viewing violence on the big or small screen. As far as banning all guns in the United States, well, our multibillion-dollar war on drugs sure worked, didn't it?

I am tired of politicians and others who refuse to use common sense, spouting off about evils while they would not go anywhere without being guarded by evil guns.

I am especially sickened by the use of 20 dead children and six adults being used as a platform to put forth completely asinine theories. If your plan does not stand the common sense test, do not crawl atop a pile of small dead bodies to try to get noticed.

Now that is evil.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

Elected leaders are like ‘The Zax

The sequester is just further evidence of how badly politics in America is broken.

If members of Congress would read Dr. Seuss’ story, “The Zax,” they could see themselves depicted as the rest of us see them. The stubbornness of the North-Going Zax and the South-Going Zax resembles the gridlock Democrats and Republicans engage in today.

As long as our politicians allow themselves to be bought by big money and fail to seek the common good, our country cannot move forward.

Legislators who do not have the ability and good sense to compromise, when compromise would work for the common good, are unworthy of election or re-election. Voting out of office current Zax-like lawmakers in 2014 would go a long way toward dissolving the poison-pill politics that so besets us.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr., Louisville

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