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Mail Call - Jan. 30

January 29, 2013

“May I respectfully suggest that all pro- and anti-gun advocates research the Dick Act of 1902. It spells out many issues that have been violated by many presidents in both parties, on down over the past 111 years. This has been verified by snopes.com. Bet it will open many eyes. By the way, this act of Congress cannot be repealed for several reasons.”
— Kearneysville, W.Va.

“Some constructive criticism for Mayor Gysberts, regarding your photo at a grand opening, in the Jan. 17 Herald-Mail. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to dress the part. Ditch the fleecy vests and wear a suit or coat and tie. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. My employer, with over 10,000 employees nationwide, will not even allow facial hair, but we won’t get into that.”
— Hagerstown

“Smithsburg, you compare a stapler to an automatic weapon. My stapler shoots a staple seven inches, an automatic weapon shoots a bullet at what, 1,000 feet per second? Which is going to do more harm? Let me have a ball bat in my hands, and attack me with a stapler; guess who wins? Let me have that same ball bat and attack me with an automatic rifle, guess who is dropping their bat and guess who wins? While I understand your theory of what you are trying to say, a stapler and automatic rifle are hardly comparable.”
— Funkstown

“Isn’t it ironic that a country that takes God out of schools, files complaints against nativity scenes during Christmas, passes laws for gay marriage, etc., has a five-minute prayer to God during the inauguration?”
— Williamsport

“I would like to see in Mail Call that people learn the difference between an assault weapon and a automatic weapon. The people that seem to call in, and worried about the assault weapons, don’t know the difference between an assault weapon and a automatic weapon. A gun doesn’t kill anybody. Somebody has to pull the trigger.”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“To the Hagerstown caller who is worried about banks giving bank money to people, and then chastising everyone for their bad, unintelligent decisions: Why don’t you mind your own business? You’re not, your little bit of tax money isn’t bailing out all these people. Why don’t you worry about the banks that are getting bailed out from the American people, and then suing the government to try — because they gave them bad interest rates.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to express my opinion on gun ownership and the assault weapons, semi-automatic weapons. I believe everybody and anybody that wants to have a gun can have a gun, carry it anywhere, public, either concealed or unconcealed, whatever. Everybody, whether they’re mental, whatever, everybody should have a gun.”
— Hagerstown

“Well, well, I see Gov. O’Malley’s right back at it again, with gun control. Only thing he wants you to have a license. You know what a license means, make more money. That’s all the Democrats look out for is money, money, money. They’re money-crazy. The license will mean more money. Where will it stop? Hey, I’ve been shooting a gun since I was 9 years old, and went hunting with my dad, hunting rabbits. I think it’s ridiculous. Where’s it all going to stop?”
— Boonsboro

“Fifty years ago, Lance Armstrong would be penniless and in prison. In this country today, which totally lacks ethics, morals, religion, and has a dictatorship for a form of government, he will end up being a multi-millionaire all over again, and idolized by the trash that lives in this country today. The depth to which this country ... this country is gone. It had its great years. It is now just a puppet regime.”
— Chambersburg, Pa.

“We think that all NRA members should volunteer their time to safeguard our children in the nation’s schools.”
— Waynesboro, Pa.

“I just wanted to say that I was at Maugansville Elementary School having lunch with my child. I find the behavior of the children appalling. I realize that behavior issues typically stem from home, but I believe they need to get the principal and the vice principal into the lunchroom during lunchtime. The children are very loud and very disrespectful, and as a parent, I find it very disheartening that this is going on and nothing ... that something will be done about that, because it is so disrespectful, and unfortunately, this is the future of America, and it is very scary.”
— Washington County

“Today’s NRA is not my father’s or grandfather’s NRA. It’s not my NRA. I’m a homeowner, gun owner, and hunter of 45 years, and the NRA’s current stance on assault rifles is ridiculous. And their commercial against the president’s kids just ... their low moral character. They have become an extremist group, not representing average values. These cowboys who want to play with assault weapons, go join the Army.”
— Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Just calling in to give my comment on the five-vehicle accident, on page A2 in Friday’s paper, Jan. 18, the vehicles involved in the chain reaction crash. The American drivers are tailgating. That means they are too close to the vehicle in front of them all the time. I have been stopped at a red light or stop sign or whatever, and every time I’ve  moved an inch or two, the vehicle behind me is right on my bumper in traffic. You need to have extra space between you and the next person. Think about this when you’re out and about. Are you a tailgater?”
— Hancock

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