published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

White House firearms plan is ignorant and other letters to the editors

White House firearms plan is ignorant

The Now Is The Time plan from the White House will not lessen injuries and deaths caused by firearms. Background checks didn't stop the killings in Aurora, Colo., or Newtown, Conn. Making it impossible for a private citizen to transfer a firearm will not save lives.

"Assault weapon" is a political term. An assault rifle is one capable of fully automatic fire and with a shortened barrel to allow its deployment in confined spaces. We already restrict automatic weapons and short-barreled rifles, so banning "assault weapons" is about the appearance, not the function, of a firearm.

Most people are shot by criminals who use cheap handguns, which are not a part of the White House plan. Setting arbitrary limits on magazines will serve to make the millions of Americans whose guns hold more than ten rounds into instant criminals and will not stop real crime.

Much fantasy goes into NITT. Armor-piercing rounds that are already restricted, curio and relic firearms that are supposedly being turned into machine guns, setting the Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulating how guns and ammo are stored.

The White House plan was drafted in ignorance. They met with the lobbyists, but seem to be ignoring the citizens they represent. Yes, keep criminals and violent mental patients off the streets, but leave the few hundred million of us who don't fit those categories alone.

HENRY SMALLWOOD


Mitchell a strong voice for district 2

Please join me in support of Jerry Mitchell for City Council District 2. I've known and been good friends with Jerry for nearly 40 years, and know him well. I remember him traveling for a company doing business in almost 30 countries. More recently, he traveled the southeastern United States working on large developments. Jerry's love, though, is Chattanooga. Most special to him is North Chattanooga, where he grew up and lives.

Jerry has experience in public service. He worked for two of our finest mayors, Kinsey and Corker, leading parks and recreation. He was directly involved in helping make this city the wonderful place it is to live and raise a family.

The residents of District 2 will benefit because Jerry is willing to serve again. Vote for Mitchell to be your voice. He is a leader that you be proud to have, not only in District 2, but all of Chattanooga.

GARY MORRISON

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Easy123 said...

HENRY SMALLWOOD,

None of the recent mass murderers had a criminal record, thus, they weren't criminals until AFTER they broke the law. How do propose we keep non-criminals that have the potential to commit gun-crimes off the street?

Talk about ignorance!

February 14, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Henry Smallwood claims that background checks "will make it impossible for a private citizen to transfer a firearm. . ."

Really? I guess that's because Smallwood would only sell guns to people who can't pass a background check.

Fortunately, it seems the White House is ignoring the rants of people like that.

February 14, 2013 at 9:43 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I expect for moonkat and Easy to turn in all firearms to the government and get a stipend for collecting all the ones on your street. The government wants to restrict guns, make everyone do this or that, jump through more hoops. But when it comes to voting, the leftists want everyone to vote who might suppor them. By the way, it is not tragic as the gun incidents everyone points to, politicizes and seeks to gain from, but continually empowering leftist politics is very dangerous. Just remember, Moon and Easy, when the government comes for you, you were involved in their becoming empowered.....

February 14, 2013 at 1:11 p.m.
anhe said...

In both Newtown and Aurora as well as Tuscon , the shooters had histories of mental illness. Had we, the available and informed mental health system, support for families of the mentally ill and a ban on the selling of assault weapons these events would not occur. We must be brave and take a chance on reforming our gun laws and fully supporting our mental health system. We need strong, smart and compassionate leaders who will look logically on all the data regarding guns from other world governments. We need women and men who are able to rise above emotional responses fed to them by a gun industry intent on manipulating simple minds. Mr. Smallwood is unable to logically and non- emotionally respond to this issue. Name calling and insulting does not make his response correct.

February 14, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.
Plato said...

Gunshops and/or other third parties will offer person-to-person transfer background checks which only take a few minutes. So Mr. Smallwood's allegation . . . "Making it impossible for a private citizen to transfer a firearm will not save lives." has no merit.

February 14, 2013 at 4:24 p.m.
jjmez said...

anhe, blaming mental illness is a scapegoat. I don't think it was as much mental illness as it was the paranoia, gun obsession at least in the case of Lanza's mother and her belief an apocalypse was near and some criminal was lurking around every corner waiting to pounce. Which you'll find is the obsessed lunatic belief of many gun rights nuts. Some eat, sleep, p** fear 24/7. Even if Lanza hadn't already had mental issues, being in that type 24/7 environment would have likely influenced him.

February 14, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
LibDem said...

"...the leftists want everyone to vote who might suppor them."

You're right, Livn4life. Letting everyone vote was a huge mistake. It should be white male landowners.

February 14, 2013 at 5:08 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Livin4life,

"I expect for moonkat and Easy to turn in all firearms to the government and get a stipend for collecting all the ones on your street."

How fallacious of you.

"But when it comes to voting, the leftists want everyone to vote who might suppor them."

How terrible! Not disenfranchising voters! Oh, the horror! WingNuts like you want to keep non-Republicans from voting. That fact is obvious and you have verified it.

"By the way, it is not tragic as the gun incidents everyone points to, politicizes and seeks to gain from, but continually empowering leftist politics is very dangerous."

So electing Democrats is more tragic than the murder of 20 children? Could you possibly discredit yourself any more?

"Just remember, Moon and Easy, when the government comes for you, you were involved in their becoming empowered....."

Your baseless paranoia is yours and yours alone. I expect a retraction when Imaginary Hitler doesn't come to power but, of course, that will never happen. You'll be spouting the newest WingNut propaganda by then. You're truly a delusional fool.

February 14, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
mosquito said...

A plaque displayed at Auschwitz until the late 80's told of 4 million victims there. A second plaque displayed later cut that number to 1.5 million. Still a horrible number.

Some organizations argue a much higher number than "mainstream reports" present when referring to deaths in Iraq.

However, these numbers were accumulated over multiple administrations.

Just Foreign Policy statement on horrendous 1.5 million post-invasion violent deaths in Occupied Iraq (December 2009): “Iraq deaths. The number is shocking and sobering. It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on a scientific study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003…Sign the petition telling Congress that about a million Iraqis have likely been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Help us expose to Congress the true costs of war. A study, published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet, estimated that over 600,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the invasion as of July 2006. Iraqis have continued to be killed since then. The death counter provides a rough daily update of this number based on a rate of increase derived from the Iraq Body Count… The estimate that over a million Iraqis have died received independent confirmation from a prestigious British polling agency in September 2007. Opinion Research Business estimated that 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US-led invasion. This devastating human toll demands greater recognition. It eclipses the Rwandan genocide and our leaders are directly responsible. Little wonder they do not publicly cite it.” [1].

[1]. Just Foreign Policy, “Iraq deaths”, December 2009: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/156 .

Easy123 said "Your baseless paranoia is yours and yours alone. I expect a retraction when Imaginary Hitler doesn't come to power but, of course, that will never happen. You'll be spouting the newest WingNut propaganda by then. You're truly a delusional fool."

At least to some people these Hitlers are not so imaginary.

February 14, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...

mosquito,

"At least to some people these Hitlers are not so imaginary."

More like the British Empire. The United States is the new Rome or early British Empire. We invaded North America and murdered/raped/tortured the indigenous, we raided Africa for it's people, we raided Iraq for it's resources, and now we look to other lands to spread our "democracy".

I'm fully aware of the atrocities committed by the U.S. War Machine against non-Americans. However, we have a checks and balances system that make it nearly impossible for a tyrannical regime to rise in this country.

February 14, 2013 at 9:36 p.m.
mosquito said...

Easy123,

"However, we have a checks and balances system that make it nearly impossible for a tyrannical regime to rise in this country."

Quite true. It is up to us,'We the People', to use logic , reason and our minds (not assault weapons) to ensure its future.

Ideas are bulletproof.

February 14, 2013 at 9:50 p.m.
mosquito said...

Livn4life said,

"But when it comes to voting, the leftists want everyone to vote who might suppor them."

Surely you don't believe under the table dealings are exclusive to the democrats?

Remember the Bush/Gore fiasco? Ah yes it's coming back , there it is you can see it..open your eyes my dear and it becomes crystal clear.

I believe Plato said "Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil."

Take a hint from Pericles: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. ”

February 14, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
conservative said...

'"Assault weapon" is a political term. An assault rifle is one capable of fully automatic fire and with a shortened barrel to allow its deployment in confined spaces. We already restrict automatic weapons and short-barreled rifles, so banning "assault weapons" is about the appearance, not the function, of a firearm.'

Exactly right!

The smart thing for gun makers to do would be to rename guns to terms and names Liberals love.

A few suggestions:

The "Harry Reid" - Small, easy to conceal.

The "gay man" - An abomination for any intruder

The "BO" (Barack Obama) People could just carry their friend BO with them.

The "Welfare" - As in Yours.

February 15, 2013 at 10:39 a.m.
mosquito said...

conservative,

your argument would be much more convincing if you simply posted articles such as these:

http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills131/biltxt/intro/HB0545I.HTM

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=H0241.0.html&session=ls88

However, these bills refer ONLY to assault weapons as they are defined within said bills. The decades old definition of assault weapon seems to be evolving.

We will be well within the law to continue to hold in our possession the vast majority of rifles , shotguns and handguns.

A much deadlier assault weapon is your attempt at humor.

Remember conservative, in life as in chess-- the pawns are usually sacrificed first.

February 15, 2013 at 9:31 p.m.
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