campbell_rd 1 year, 1 month ago on Make the guilty, not all of us, pay for their sins

If anyone were really interested is saving lives they would outlaw: Abortions, cars, knives, hammers, etc. All of these have killed far more than guns. In fact my guns have never killed anyone. People will always have guns, the question is simply, do you want to be able to defend you and your family or dial 911 and pray. The constitution isn't written to be changed, it was intended to reflect God given rights.

Speaking of that subject, why is it that we live in a Republic (not a pure democracy), yet the cities on the West side of Washington control the state. This fact is well shown in the new laws on homosexual marriage and marijuana legalization. That is not the way a Republic thrives, it withers and dies. If each county had an equal say, we would be better off as a state.

Same holds true with our Nation, the cities shouldn’t control the entire government. Each state should have mostly an equal say in the way we are governed. But Democrats would fade from power, isn’t that a good thing? Just a thought.

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campbell_rd 1 year, 1 month ago on Walla Walla County sheriff reflects on two years of serving

Sheriff Turner and his staff are professional, knowledgeable and talented. We are blessed to have the commitment of him and his staff and well as the high level of knowledge. The Sheriff does a lot for the community with less resources. If anyone were to ask me, I'd have to suggest that perhaps the commissioners should try actually working with the Sheriff instead of putting up walls everywhere. My family and myself are much safer with the current sheriff office staff and I appreciate them. Especially John Turner and Eddie Freyer, but there are many more!

As for the pat on the back statements, when I read the article the Sheriff clearly thanks his great staff and volunteers, that seems humble and appreciative to me. No where did he state, "look what I did by myself".

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campbell_rd 1 year, 1 month ago on Gun legislation is knee-jerk reaction

If criminals ignore registration, which they will. Then what does registration gain other than penalizing (taxing) legal citizens? I should be allowed to transfer a gun owned by myslef to a child without Uncle Sam putting their "stamp" on the transfer. Goverment needs to be smaller and less intrusive, not bigger!

Many countries have started the process by registering all guns, then they remove them. It's history, it's accurate, it's fact.

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campbell_rd 1 year, 1 month ago on Proposed gun control bill won’t work.

I heard the best analogy yet on the gun legislation issue. Outlawing guns because we have Police is like outlawing fire extinguishers because we have Fireman.

We already have laws to keep legal citizens honest. What sense is there in making new (knee jerk) laws when the criminals will break the laws no matter what new law is enacted. New laws only hurt honest citizens in this case. If we keep outlawing guns like England and many other countries, the crime will go up. History proves this fact over and over again!

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campbell_rd 1 year, 1 month ago on Gun legislation is knee-jerk reaction

I heard the best analogy yet on the gun legislation issue. Outlawing guns because we have Police is like outlawing fire extinguishers because we have Fireman.

We already have laws to keep legal citizens honest. What sense is there in making new (knee jerk) laws when the criminals will break the laws no matter what new law is enacted. New laws only hurt honest citizens in this case. If we keep outlawing guns like England and many other countries, the crime will go up. History proves this fact over and over again!

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campbell_rd 1 year, 2 months ago on Taking away guns not the answer

Gun control is really working elsewhere, why not here? Just look at Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., England... The strictness of the gun law equates directly to higher crime rates! The truth is gun laws encourage lawlessness.

So let's pass more gun laws, ignoring the current ones because we need more Government.

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campbell_rd 1 year, 2 months ago on Immigration plan gains steam

The simple truth is the Democrats had the power to do this years ago when they controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They didn't do when they had the chance and the only reason they want it now is more votes! I have one simple question, who is going to pay for the new citizens that have been breaking our laws for years? Our country is on the verge of bankruptcy and this is not the time to be playing politics only to get more votes.

This is an insult to the millions of our current and past citizens that have went through the often painful process of legal citizenship and paid for it dearly.

We need to start demanding accountability, not blame from the Senate and especially Obama.

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campbell_rd 1 year, 2 months ago on New Wa-Hi does not have to be fancy

Exactly, some of the best schools keep the building designs simple to concentrate on learning. A lot of the schools today look more like commercial buildings with fancy designs. Do our children learn better with grand architecture and manicured landscaping? NO, they don’t! They learn better when they have four plain walls with a window or two. We need to concentrate on learning and teaching our children. Not concentrating on huge, complex buildings that are aesthetically pretty, especially with the budget issues facing America these days. My budget has been trimmed considerably these days, should education (building) expenses be any different?

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campbell_rd 1 year, 3 months ago on Sales of AR-style rifles, ammo spike up

Here are a few famous quotes lest we get complacent:

‎"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest. -- From the Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1

"Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I might yell `Fire!' in a crowded theater." -- Peter Venetoklis

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. -- Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson's Commonplace book

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