published Friday, December 28th, 2012

Time for parties to do their jobs and other letters to the editors

Time for parties to do their jobs

Saturday's article ("Obama remains optimistic on cliff," Dec. 22), in reference to the House members, made the following quote: "We had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having raised taxes. That is the real issue."

The real issue is ... they refuse to work together. How about the real facts? Democrats and Republicans are perceived by the whole nation as not doing their jobs! If I didn't do my job, I would be fired. Do your job, Washington! Do what is best for we the people, not the good ol' boys club.


Help children when they're young

The time has come to stop letting people own these automatic guns. Only the military should have them. There also has to be a law on how much ammunition a person can buy.

The mother was to blame for what happened in Connecticut. She put guns in the hands of a disturbed person. Parents know when their child changes habits and does odd things. This horrible killing could of been avoided if taken care of early in his life.

It's a shame people can't feel safe going to malls, movies or sending their children to school. We should have the feeling of being safe.

The president said this was the hardest things he had to do in the four years of office. It showed in his speech and his tears. Also, the media did a great job reporting, which must of been one of their hardest assignments they had to cover.

The outpouring of love from other countries shows something has to change. Parents need to take responsibility and get help for their children. All those killed are gone too soon.

MRS. DAVID NEWHARD, Hamilton, Tenn.

Ban would be start to finding solution

I grew up in south Louisiana, and have hunted ducks, geese, quail, dove, rabbits and squirrels since I was in high school. I learned gun safety and the basics of safe and responsible shooting from my father. I have taught these same things to my three sons. I have owned and do own several shotguns appropriate for hunting. I say that to make clear that I am not opposed to appropriate gun ownership or the proper use of guns.

That being said, in the light of the recent atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I want to raise the question: Why does any private citizen need to own or have access to an assault weapon, a 30-round clip, or armor-piercing ammunition? I am well aware that banning these items is not the full solution to the growing problem of multiple murders by shooting in our country, but it is a solid start.

I urge all of our members of Congress to reinstate the ban on assault weapons, 30-round clips, and armor- piercing ammunition. If the murder of 20 6- and 7-year-olds plus six of their teachers and school staff is not reason enough, what is?


Fund bullet-proof vests in budgets

On Friday, I had a phone call asking for funds to buy bullet-proof vests for police. This is not the first time I have received this type of call. Bullet-proof vests should be part of the routine uniform of the police and should be included in the budget process. If not, why not, and if so, why do they need to ask the public for additional funds?

I think the police should be adequately protected, and this should be in their budget.


Issue in shootings is mental health

The tragic deaths in the Connecticut school may be more of a mental-health issue than a gun issue. All the recent senseless killings have been done by people with lifetime mental-health issues. According to a psychiatrist and child psychologist speaking on a national panel recently, early detection of children as young as 4 to 6 years of age need to be identified by the family doctors and get them treatment. It doesn't work well later on in life, according to these health-care professionals. After they reach the age of the shooters who have perpetrated these atrocities on their vulnerable unarmed victims, it's pretty much too late.

In the meantime, I believe a person trained in weapons should be placed in the schools until new mental-health laws that Congress needs to pass have time to take effect. The issue with guns with large-capacity clips should be dealt with by Congress.

I'm an 81-year-old male who has many years to reflect back on societies failings, so until change happens I'll continue to exercise my Tennessee Concealed weapons permit.

LINDY THOMAS, Cleveland, Tenn.

Ban wouldn't work; just look at drugs

The terrible tragedy in Newtown could have been prevented or lessened if the shooter had met armed resistance, or even if he knew there was a possibility.

We should examine the choice of the location of these attacks as much as the choice of weapons for these cowards. The mass public murders are always perpetrated in "gun-free" zones where they expect no resistance. Could there be a more cowardly act then shooting at children?

Banning firearms or a group of firearms will not stop these terrible tragedies from happening. To those who think banning firearms will make us safer, I offer one irrefutable argument. How effective is the ban on narcotics? We deem cocaine, crack, meth, etc. detrimental to society in general so we ban them, make it illegal to buy, sell or possess them. Yet there is a thriving drug trade to rival any industry in the world. How many lives are lost or ruined annually due to illegal drug use or trade.

The media does not report the frequent times when firearms are used in self-defense to prevent robberies, home-invasions, sexual assaults and other attacks because they would rather exploit tragedies than report the news.

JAMES BOTTUM, Hillsboro, Tenn.

'Playing' with guns kills children

We need to stop pretending guns are a panacea. They are not. They are lethal.

A few days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, just up the road, a 2-year-old died from a gunshot wound. According to this very newspaper: "Not much is known about how 2-year-old Brennan Nowell got hold of a family handgun and shot himself."

This same newspaper reported three other Chattanooga-area children under the age of 14 died because of accidental gunfire in 2012.

"One boy was shot in a bathroom when a shotgun slipped ... An 11-year-old was shot in the face by her brother. A 3-year-old shot herself in the face with her grandfather's handgun."

Brennan Nowell is the fourth. He was shot with his grandfather's gun.

So, I guess guns don't kill people, innocent children do. They kill themselves while "playing."

Maybe we ought to consider that nice, white, middle-class so-called "responsible" gun owners aren't very responsible at all. A University of North Carolina study discovered that 45 percent of parents with children under the age of 7 failed to lock their weapons and 57 percent failed to store them in a locked compartment.

Ignorance, madness and denial.


Why not an exposé on all politicians?

Enough of this DesJarlais vendetta. These women chose not to use birth control and to do what they did -- their choices. I am reminded that Christ defended a woman about to be punished for adultery. He addressed the mob by saying, "Who among you is without sin, let him cast the first stone." They left in shame.

At least 90 percent of national politicians must worry regarding when the shoe will drop as to themselves. Do an exposé on all of them.

May I add that people suffer while unaccountable trillions of our monies are thrown into space where no man can live except in an "iron lung." Trillions -- and soldiers killed or traumatized for life fighting another no-win Afghanistan War.

TVA's personnel are already paid far above the average wages and now these obscene bonuses -- rewards for Kingston debacle? We are a nation in chaos.

DOROTHY ROBERTS, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

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Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

The culprit is not guns/weapons. No, no, no, no, no!

The culprit is sin...that's it...period. Case closed.

Please use this observation:

The most horrendous multiple murders have been perpetrated in those states which qualify for the 'Big Two'. The 'Big Two'?

1.......Lax drug laws

2.......Open support, legislated, for the chosen lifestyle of homosexual behavior. This, including so-called same-sex unions!

The Holy Bible, YHWH's inerrant Word, states that homosexual behavior is an filthy abomination which is a stench in the nostrils of our thrice holy Creator. That it is against aberration is plainly stated. This is in total concurrence with all of the world's great religions.

The state of Connecticut could top the list. Please do some research to identify the others, like Colorado and New York.

"God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap." Capiche?

Even though crime statistics may be higher in other states, these are the overwhelmingly horrendous heart breakers. These mass murders in the 'Big Two' states bring the world to it's knees.

Tree-Huggin', Slaughter House Abortionists Liberal Democrats usually also support the agendas of the 'Big Two' states.

Selah! kwo

December 28, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Someone thought that the best idea to stop violence was to take prayer/Christianity out of our schools, and, replace this with condoms in school vending machines.

Oh, those wise Democrat murderers of children through slaughter-house abortions! Yes, the abortionists kill children. These are the same people scratching their heads and asking, "Why are our innocent children being targeted while studying in school?" You are the very ones who made the first demonic moves in our schools to remove prayer/Christianity. Hey, you also pushed your faith in evolutionary theory to make these precious, tender minds believe they are monkeys. Now, they don't have to be moral...being monkeys and everything, right?!!!

Hey, Liberal Dems...You wanted a change in our schools, right? Well, please leave the Chattanooga Times Free Press comment readers your report on how some kind of 'poetic justice' is occurring. Wake up now! "Be for certain your sins will find you out".


December 28, 2012 at 9:44 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr, Liar for Jesus. Your rantings show a slide into insanity. Get help.

December 28, 2012 at 10:21 p.m.

I only have love/compassion for You lkeithlu. I know that You have some need to attempt to insult me. I respectfully ask that You explore/analyze Yourself for possible reasons for this. By-the-way, did You get a chance, or, did You view my YouTube Video? I hope You did/will. Kwo

December 29, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
Easy123 said...

You insult yourself by spewing ignorance. You are truly a fool. You are a waste of human consciousness. You are a pitiful human being.

December 29, 2012 at 1:12 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't need to insult you Ken Orr. I will call you out when you attempt to lay the blame for all of societies ills on gays and drugs. It is dishonest and stupid. This kind of talk led to the Holocaust, as Germans were led to believe that certain groups (gays, Roma, Jews) were responsible for Germany's problems.

And, no, I have no intention of watching your video. I never requested it. I am sure it reveals your insanity quite effectively. You on the other hand claimed a desire to learn, and then demonstrated that it was a lie all along.

You were obviously mistreated or abused, and are terrified of gays. Get help.

December 29, 2012 at 7:29 a.m.
holdout said...

Ms Strickland you only heard about the tragedy because there was a gun involved. A baby died Christmas day in a horrible and preventable accident that involved no guns at all. Both deaths were tragic and preventable but only the one involving a gun caught your attention. Co-sleeping is more common and kills more children but it just doesn't make the news.

December 29, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.
Easy123 said...


Do you really see no difference between a child being accidentally suffocated and one accidentally shooting himself with a gun?

Guns kill a lot more people than co-sleeping. You're being dishonest by insinuating that gun problems only involved children. They don't. Co-sleeping does. The two aren't equivalent.

December 29, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Hey group, try this one on:

Another kind of co-sleeping that overwhelms gun deaths by millions is known as fornication, which, is the universal set to the sub-sets of multitudes of varieties of immoral sex. The Demo. Libs state 'we choose to fornicate in rebellion to our Creator's admonition against such unGodliness'. Then, they state, 'Oh my gosh! We are pregnant and cannot go to the night clubs like before. We must visit the Slaughter House Abortionist to get this 'thing' murdered so we can have fun and do it again'. So, to the 'tune' of about 42 million child killins' per year, the Lib Dems dance on in the night clubs. Huh! 42 million!

Uh, how many children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school???? Want to compare numbers? Just try to take away the Slaughter House Abortionist's Weapons, and, their clientele's complicity with the killins'.


December 30, 2012 at 12:02 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr-Obsessed with other people's sex lives. Nothing changes.

December 30, 2012 at 7:24 a.m.
holdout said...

Easy you are welcome to look at my case files and see the truth. Don't accuse me of lying when you don't know. I am not talking about what I read, or heard on the news or found on some web site. I am talking about what I have SEEN, with my own eyes, over many years. I would gladly trade your ignorance for my memories.

December 30, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
Easy123 said...


Your case files do not hold the truth no matter how much you think they do. I never accused you of lying. I accused you of being dishonest by comparing two events that are no equivalent. I don't care what you read, heard, found on a website or have seen. That means nothing. Your comparison is not equivalent. Co-sleeping involves the death of CHILDREN ONLY. MURDER does not. Gun crimes are not limited to child victims. The issue is much bigger. Co-sleeping and homicide are not the same and never will be no matter how many "memories" you claim as evidence.

You already have the ignorance. Your memories mean nothing to me. Check the facts, not your "case files". Your complaint is based on nothing but emotion, not the truth. You are still being blatantly dishonest and you have proved it with your last post. Your argument from authority holds no weight.

December 30, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
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