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Letter to the editor: 1,022

To the editor:

(Edited for length.)

One Thousand Twenty-two. That is how many people in these United States that have died to gun violence as of Jan. 22, 2013, a little over a month since Sandy Hook. This does not include the many who have died on the streets of Chicago in the last week.

• A 3-year old accidentally shoots themself to death with dad’s gun after mistaking the dad’s gun for the Wii remote.

• 2 people killed in Grapevine, Texas, as a man murdered his estranged wife at their daughter’s 16th birthday party and then turned the gun on himself.

•New Mexico, five out of six family members massacred with their own AR-15 by their son. He killed his parents and his three younger siblings, wanting to kill more.

• An 18-year old girl shot to death in Tillamook by a young man she was traveling with.

The NRA would have you believe it is due to violent movies and video games and has little to do with the easy access to guns. Something tells me that the man in Grapevine, Texas, did not spend hours playing violent video games. We claim it is our Constitutional right to own weapons to defend ourselves. But it was also the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for those that had their lives taken too soon.

It is also a Constitutional right, under the 4th Amendment, against unreasonable searches and seizures, but you are subjected to that anytime you step aboard an airplane. You do it because you are willing to give up your freedom for the safety of others.

As a believer of the Contitution, I might not agree with the need for it, but I support your right to own a gun. However, the Constitution does not guarantee you the right to own any style of gun you want, just as the Constitution does not forbid the ownership of guns by felons nor the mentally ill but, throughout our history, we have an occasional lucid moment and have created laws that prohibit such ownership.

Our own small community has been rocked by the tragedy of guns: A family lost two of its beloved members at the hands of a man who owned his guns legally; a woman shot her husband and then killed herself; a man murdered his wife then fled.

Too many of the deaths due to the discharge of a gun were at the hands of someone who was a law-abiding citizen, up until the time they pulled the trigger.

Nicole M. Cowart

The Dalles


Purlrider 5 years, 8 months ago

So you really believe if there were no guns available to law abiding citizens we would all be safer? All of those tragedies you wrote about are just that, very, very tragic. Your so full of unaccountable stats you must also know how many people died in car accidents. Do you propose turning in your car so you won't be part of yet another possible tragedy? Don't let your emotions run fear in you, let you intellect tell you this....IF WE LET GO OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, WE WILL LOOSE ALL THE OTHER AMENDMENTS. And even whinny liberals like you will be enslaved.


ec 5 years, 8 months ago

hey purl, first of all, it's LOSE (Ioose means "not tight") and secondly, you get your point across much better without the insults.

oh, and if guns make us all so much safer, why isn't this the safest country in the world????


ashraela 5 years, 8 months ago

because we have too many people telling us how unfair it is to punish criminals. Don't even get me started on how we raise our children now days. This country always seems to jump to the extreme.


ec 5 years, 8 months ago

i will agree with you on how parents raise their kids anymore, and i'm not even that old!just look at the drop-out rate in this county - disgraceful


Purlrider 5 years, 8 months ago

So the best you can do is correct my grammar? We are the safest country in the world because we have Constitution which gives us many rights many counties don't have, one is the right to bar arms against foreign and domestic tyranny. Which is what king barry is all about, Tyranny. However, because of weak kneed liberals we are not longer the greatest country in the world. How sad is that?



ec 5 years, 8 months ago

well, using the wrong word also diminishes the content of your post, along with the insults. i would think that you would want to come across as a somewhat educated individual, while making your argument.


Purlrider 5 years, 7 months ago

The point is not my grammar, the point is not my education. The point is the liberal mind set is disturbing. There is absolutely no sensible argument for gun control. Every time some liberal tries debate the issue they just reinforce the adage that liberalism is indeed a mental disorder. That is exactly why king barry and is bad of thieves and killers in their own right never, ever do. They leave that sort of thing to the mindless sheep they have created


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