To the editor:
These things were reported starting Jan. 4, 2013: A driver was stabbed with a knife at the viewpoint on Interstate 84 and then some bad police officers in Newton, Mass., were egging a fellow police sergeant’s house, their superior officers’ house. How about the two kayakers who drowned in the Columbia River, the diabetes drug that causes heart risk, thanks to Johnson & Johnson’s experimental drug canagliflozin, or the kidney dialysis machine that caused heart attacks and death, or the helicopter crash in Peru that killed five Americans? And what about the hammer attack in the local kidnapping case?
Do we need to ban knives, eggs, alcohols, kayaks, prescription drugs and medical equipment, hammers and anything that moves like helicopters, cars, trucks, trains, bicycles, etc.?
These items don’t hurt, maim, cripple or kill people; the individuals that are using them are the ones we need to be concerned about.
I have preached that we need to teach wellness in the schools: You understand that you are OK, maybe your parents have the drinking and drug problem, but you are OK. Instead, people ask what’s wrong with you? Why do you act like that? Your parents would be ashamed. Wait! Those are the wrong approaches. We need to seek the real answer, not just respond with the reflective actions and attitudes.
Kids go to school with no breakfast (they eat at school). They go home with a key around their neck and hide or cause trouble because no parents are around to influence them for good.
Rather than jump up and down and say ban guns, we need to encourage correct and proper use of guns. Take a hunter safety course. Earn a merit badge. Join a shooting club.
Look at the countries that have banned guns. They still have violent crime. Then there are countries that require every male at the age of 18 to serve in the military for two years and then they have a rifle and rusik bag in the closet ready at a moment’s notice for the defense of their county.
We are obligated to protect ourselves and others from enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Walk around your neighborhoods and get to know one another. Watch each other’s back and let parents know when little Johnny’s being bad. We are all here together. This is our home, neighborhood, city, county, state and country.