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I am the NRA

January 21, 2013

Dear editor, I am a 70 year old, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. I have a daughter who teaches elementary school and a granddaughter who attends elementary school....

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Kinzua1

Jan-21-13 6:01 AM

Three cheers to Mr. Bailey,well stated.This is the feeling of many of us.One of the real problems is they (gov't) won't take care of the real problem,so the want gun CONTROL,and that will kill two birds with one stone.My heart goes out to the victims and their families,but government jumps on the band wagon to use sympathy for the victims to push their gun CONTROL through. Fix the real problem and enforce the laws that are in place.

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st0newa11

Jan-21-13 6:18 AM

I believe that Gun Owners of America is a better organization, but I'm behind any group which works to defend the Constitution. BTW, I also believe that the 2nd Amendment IS my Concealed Weapons Permit, although I've jumped throught the necessary hoops to get the little card for in my wallet.

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Backwoods

Jan-21-13 7:32 AM

Great letter Mr. Bailey, it’s affect on BB appears to have been overwhelming. Settle down BB and back out of the liberal kool-aid before you vapor-lock.

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Heydrich

Jan-21-13 7:48 AM

akabadboy was probably the one who blew the whistle on the poor little 5-year girl with the Hello Kitty Bubble Blower gun and got her a 10-day school suspension. Good job.

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Heydrich

Jan-21-13 7:57 AM

akabadboy, did you read your own cut-and-paste job? Yes, according to the Warren Commission, President Kennedy was killed with a bolt-action rifle, though you made it a point to paste that it was a military surplus rifle. Are you going to take that away from me as well? One Kennedy killed with a bolt-action rifle, another killed with a handgun. Hurry, badboy, TAKE THEM ALL AWAY, you've got the evidence, and don't forget my Hello Kitty Bubble Blowing gun, it's one wicked weapon. Just ask those brilliant school authorities.

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reasonrules

Jan-21-13 9:09 AM

Get real Tom. There is absoulutely no need in our society for automatic/semi-auto weapons just because WE THE PEOPLE have the right to buy weapons. Your whining and those who think there is an anti-2nd amendment movement in this country are the ones I worry about.

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Heydrich

Jan-21-13 9:21 AM

"Your whining and those who think there is an anti-2nd amendment movement in this country are the ones I worry about." reasonrules, you are worrying about the wrong people!

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MTOMTO

Jan-21-13 9:37 AM

reasonrules, The definition of infringement is: an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege. This is exactly what gun control legislation does.

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MTOMTO

Jan-21-13 9:38 AM

I'm going to buy a tackling dummy today.

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TJR63PA

Jan-21-13 10:03 AM

good article, well said.

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archaeo1

Jan-21-13 10:07 AM

Isnt it odd that the Atf Has no full time director.And that one can not be confirmed by congress. So the director of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms. Is a part time job.As part of the Patriot act Gov. James Sensenberner{sp}.Added that provision to the patriot act. Soon after he was awarded The distinguished"Defender of Freedom Award} By the NRA.

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writer10

Jan-21-13 10:32 AM

I am finding many of these anti-gun folks to be just like the Obama fan base. As you point out flaws to their argument they change their argument. It's as if they are brain washed and can't really comprehend what is going on. What they don't seem to understand is they are punishing innocent people because a very minute misuse the guns. Better take cars away from everyone, far far more people are killed by drunk drivers. More people are killed in this country by knives and hammers, better take those away too. Lets snip those wires to this panic button on guns, and get the facts out there. Then again as I stated before, these anti-gun people are not about facts, they are about being the sheep of Obama.

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norton

Jan-21-13 12:33 PM

THe real reason the Idiot NObama and his cronies want all guns registered is so when he attempts to become King he will have a list to confiscate them from the populace. Sound familiar ADOLF?

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Frugaltaxpayer

Jan-21-13 12:34 PM

I love the people that tell me what I need or dont need. Here is what I need. I need a new government, one that will not infringe upon my god given right to protect myself and my family. I need a government that will quit passing stupid laws to control everything we do. What I really dont need is another 4 years of Oblama. I cant wait to hear him badmouth the guy who ruined this country for the past four years like he blamed Bush for the previous four.

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tired1

Jan-21-13 12:37 PM

Great letter Mr. Bailey! AKABADBOY, hey, you better get busy on getting those very DEADLY cars & trucks banned from any ordinary citizen. Look at how many people that are killed , seriously injured, maimed EVERYDAY! And people IRRESPONSIBLY continue to just drive these KILLING MACHINES for needless reasons. They all could walk. And so many victims are only children, who have not even lived long enough to get the drivers license. But some drive even without a current license. Don't you also think all these Flammable fuels and liquids need more security measures? FIRE, EXPLOSIONS, so much danger.

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Brazil

Jan-21-13 12:59 PM

"History has proven that gun bans do not work because the people that you should fear ignore them just as they do all of the laws of the nation". I certainly believe YOU are the NRA because you ignore facts just as they do. Bottom line is the murder rate in other Western Countries is a very small percentage of the USA. There is a smaller percentage of people going to church in those countries when compared to the USA, they see the same TV and movies, they play the same video games, etc. They have mental health care access as we do, maybe there's is a little worse, maybe a little better. Hmmm......what's the one difference...Ah yes, we have a gun for every citizen (300 million) and they have much closer control over the gun issue. Case closed.

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Brazil

Jan-21-13 1:05 PM

St0newall with a concealed weapon..... I feel a lot less safer now.

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Uncle5

Jan-21-13 1:08 PM

Interesting stats in the editorial by Mark Shields today in the TO. In all our wars during our entire 236 year history, 659K Americans died fighting for our country. Since 1968 (when the "gun control act" kicked in), 1.2M civilians were killed by firearms. Twice as many domestic deaths in 1/5th the amount of time. And compared with 22 other high income countries, the US had four times as many fatalities from firearms than all the other countries COMBINED. Don't you think it is time we seriously consider what we might be doing wrong to kill so many of our own? Or I suppose you could argue that all those dead people deserved it. Or that at least it wasn't you.

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Uncle5

Jan-21-13 1:12 PM

Tired1 - Yes! Automobile fatalities are alarming and deplorably common. Just think how much more common they would be if we weren't "infringed upon" with such nuisances as permits, training, traffic signals. You make a very good argument for tight gun control.

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Uncle5

Jan-21-13 3:12 PM

OK, for the overwhelming majority (that is, everyone so far) who disagreed with my post, how DO YOU reconcile the huge difference in gun violence, if take away the obvious difference, the commensurately huge number of weapons in our country? Or is it that you disagree at a gut level that the dead were not deserving to be murdered? Well, I might agree with you there.

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Uncle5

Jan-21-13 5:41 PM

Funny, all I get are meaningless "Disagree"s when I ask these disagreeable folks exactly what THEIR solution to growing gun violence is. Like the NRA says, more guns for everyone? Please, really looking to see your perspective here.

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Backwoods

Jan-21-13 7:23 PM

Uncle5…Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. have some of the most stringent gun laws in this country and they are always at the top of the list pertaining to gun violence. Stricter laws are not working in these locations so what makes you think they will work anywhere else. They outlawed drinking alcohol by enacting the 18th amendment; did it stop people from drinking??? NO.

They have enacted some very strict drug laws, have they stop drug use or drug dealers??? NO.

Will enacting stricter gun laws lower gun violence? They haven’t in Chicago, New York City or Washington D.C.

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colorado

Jan-21-13 8:24 PM

1. Every mass murder in recent history was committed by a mentally ill person and North Warren Hospital and most others sit virtually idle. Lets address that issue before anything else.

2. Per the FBI-- there are approx 13,000 murders in the US each year. Approx 1700 used knives, 600 used hands or feet,500 used hammers/clubs, 330 used a rifle of some type. Semi-auto rifles accounted for 30-150 deaths depending on how you read the data. If you could confiscate every semi-auto in the U.S. you wouldn't make a dent in violence even assuming the criminal didn't turn to another type weapon.

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tired1

Jan-21-13 8:46 PM

hey UNCLE, check out some facts. The mentally insane sick misfit of society who did the unthinkable in Newtown, did NOT LEGALLY own, carry,transport, then carry the illegal weapons into a "gun free zone", then procde to massacare defenseless and innocent children as well as adults. There were many laws in effect that he ignored. It is just too damm bad there wasn't even ONE armed citizen such as Mr. Bailey, or even myself that may very well changed the whole tragic and SENSELESS massacare, had we been there at that time. But laws in effect prevented any law abiding citizen carrying a weapon, to be anywhere near this, or any other school anyway. So Uncle, your mention of driver training and such means absolutly nothing in your argument, just like any new gun laws won't stop a tradgedy like Newtown, anymore than the laws in place now, but broken, stopped the Newtown massacare. p.s. swimming pools kill kids, so why are they allowed?

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st0newa11

Jan-22-13 7:42 AM

I came very close to stooping to another's level and responding with rudeness. Instead: Brazil, you could have remarked with sarcasm and said that you feel much safer with st0newa11 being armed. You missed that opportunity. But, here's what I'll do. If I see you being robbed or threatened, I will take MY Springfield XDM-40, loaded with 16 135 grain Hydra-shok rounds and defend YOU, much like I did for 22 yrs in the military. God bless you, Buddy!

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