Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


September 25, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Navy yard weapon purchased legally

Several years ago my brother, then employed by an agency of the commonwealth, told me that journalists were professional ignoramuses. As an aspiring journalist, I was offended then. Since then, I have noted that in some cases, he was correct.

The editorial in Friday’s paper regarding the navy yard shootings is a case in point. The writer implied that Alexis had avoided a background check by purchasing his shotgun in a private sale. This was not the case. He bought his shotgun at a gun shop in Virginia. He passed a background check because he had never been convicted of a felony or adjudicated mentally ill. No conviction equals no record.

If you want to understand why Americans are so opposed to gun registration, I suggest you talk to a member of the Jewish Defense League. Their answer will take you back to World War II and the Holocaust. In a nutshell, historically, registration leads to confiscation.

If you want to write an effective editorial, first know what your talking about. Ignorance equals foolishness. Second, know and understand your opponents’ position. Of course, you then run the risk of enlightenment. Actually, Wayne LaPierre was proven right in that, Alexis was eventually shot and killed by police, good guys with guns. Facts still matter even in editorials.

Steve Little, Ashland

Items needed for rummage sale

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Friends of Hospice will have its annual rummage sale at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 1930 Winchester Avenue. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all proceeds going to Community Hospice.

We are in need of items for the sale. Donated items may be dropped off at the church between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 1. If pickup is needed, call (606) 836-3712.

Darlene Allen, Friends of Hospice

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