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There you go again. You have to go with personal attacks, as if you are grasping for whatever to save your day, in the face of lacking inteligent arguments. ROTC officers are college graduates. Of course they deserve the rank given. Do not feel bad about changing your mind about re-upping. Not every one can put 26 years in the military like me. Two of my sisters are conservatives. My best friends are conseravtives. I know what a good conservative is. They are respectfull, inteligent and gracious in entertaining a liberal's point of view.
So far so good...until namvet started the typical, disrespectfull and tasteless personal attacks...to a lady?
The great law enforcement units of our great country are, by all definitions and representation, the great GOVERNMENT of this great country. I'm so glad that the conservatives, who have great disdain for the government, are capable of recognizing those who enforce the laws of the government of our great country. These conservative guys are the ones who will start shooting with their dear guns at the law enforcement units once they determine that the government is tyranical, as they erroneously believe the second amendment gives them the the "right" to do so. Wait a second, I suspect there is a contradiction (mental challenge) in there! Do you? Thanks guys, from the bottom of my heart!
Tom, why don't you and your "militia" try to get those terrorist out of business in Boston? After all the FBI, National Guard, local police and other government agencies are just doing a lousy job, don't you think? I just can see you saying to them " I'm from Waistburg and I'm here to help you! I can see a Boston Police Officer telling you "Get lost NOW". Yes Tom, when it comes to defend America you are superfluous...unless you join the goverment agencies in charge of defending the country. You will like Boston, otherwise " a heck of a town".
There is another "evangelist" on TV selling "holy water" like hot cakes for curing all kind of ailments. The old snake oil seller metaphor is still alive and kicking. There is strong evidence, though, that 33% of the pupulation responds to the well researched placebo effect, and this is a universal phenomenae.
I concur with Dr Casebolt excellent report on such quack product.
Carlos F Acevedo MD
Mr Singleton,thanks for this nice letter, carefully devoided from vituperous comments. Letters like this are conducive to the proper discurse of ideas and, by emulating your style we all can follow suit. The NRA members are not the problem. The NRA leadeship, on the other hand, is the problem. As we speak, and in the current background checks debate, the NRA leadership misleadingly pronounced that a national registry will follow when in fact such attemp will result in 15 years prison time. Background cheks will not interfere with gun transfers amongst family members, but the NRA leadership uses the opposite argument as a deception . Obviously sneaky transactions such as trying to sell a gun to a cousin by an internet transaction is arguably a suspicious attempt to cheat. Another NRA leadership argument is that background cheks will not stop mass shootings. We all know that. No single measure will. Background checks will stop SOME criminals, rapist, spouse abusers, drug dealers, convicted felons, mentaly unstable fellows and, yes, jihadist from obtaining guns. With a reasonable background check program we might be able to save the life of one child, maybe hundreds or maybe thousand of them! It's worth trying this, while simultaneusly trying many other good ideas. Off course we have to enforce all the laws availble. The effort to save lives ought to be multifactorial, indeed. The overwhelming majority of the NRA membership support sensible background checks. The majority of the American people support it too. Do you?
As we speak there are many terrorist, sex offenders, child molesters, criminals, spouse abuser, mentally handicaped people easily buying guns without a background check. If we just stop some of them we might be able to save a few children. Eighty five percent of responsible gun owners support these checks. If guns don't kill people, lets focus on bad people, and prevent them from getting guns. My point is that the country's officials are, understandably so, distrated looking for people buying "legal stuff" such as pressure cookers, ball bearings, nails, black back packs, etc. while our republican and democrat congressmen are not legislating for reasonable background checks as mandated by the majority (90%) of the American people. As we speak all hardwear stores around the Boston area are under scrutiny by the FBI. Who knows how many Jihadis might be busy at gun shows purchasing at will, semi-automatics.
As the country is understandably focus, and distracted, with this terrorist act there are many other terrorist and criminals obtaining all kinds of guns at the internet, gun shows and their parking lots without a proper background check. If guns or bombs don't kill poeple, and if people kill people, let's background-chek people, including PEOPLE who should not have guns, and weed them out as much as possible; and save a few lives. Call your congressman and express support for reasonable background checks! Now is the time!
Both the truck and the school bus are covered by insurance, and are properly registered. The victims can always file a cvil suit for damages caused to third parties. How about insuring and registering guns? If on the other hand your friend has no insurance and the truck is not registered he should to jail with you too.
Since Ralph Nader started his auto safety quest many years ago automobiles are a "well regulated" industry by the government, with better and a better safety record. So, as the second ammendment suggest, "a well regulated" arm's culture will be beneficial for the country. You have the right to own a truck, as you have the right to own a gun. Let's regulate both!
I also believe that comparing school bus accident fatalities with the 20 children gunned down by an AR-15 is insensitive.
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