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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 12

February 12, 2013

Feinstein’s proposed gun bill should not be passed

To the editor:

This is in response to Michael Delaney’s letter to the editor on Feb. 2. I looked up the Nazi Weapon Law of 1938 and I suggest everyone else do so, too. It basically did the following:

The Nazis classified guns for “sporting purposes.”

All citizens who wanted to purchase firearms had to register with the Nazi officials and have a background check.

Anybody in the Nazi party was exempt.

The Nazis had unrestricted power to decide what kinds of firearms could or could not be owned by private persons.

The type of ammunition that was legal was controlled by the bureaucrats.

People under 18 could not buy firearms or ammunition.

So, there might have been more guns than ever in private hands as long as they were in the Nazi party, which I would guess at the time was most of Germany — because in 1933, Hitler declared the Nazi party to be the only political party in Germany.

Everyone needs to read Dianne Feinstein’s proposed gun bill. It’s only 120 pages. It exempts the ruling class (government officials), military, ex-military, police and ex-police. It requires background checks, and it limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds or less.

Like I said, it’s only 120 pages. I know it should not get passed. Hopefully, people will see the similarity between the two, and we all know how well it worked out for the Nazi party.

Brad Shoemaker
Mercersburg, Pa.


Abortions kill far more in this country than guns

To the editor:

The American public is presently embroiled in a fight to ban guns because of some individuals causing mass murders and killing innocent children. There are no excuses for such action.

But wait, paradoxically, for the  past 40 years, 55 million children have been killed by mothers and health care specialists through abortions. Remember Roe v. Wade (1973)? While some might have been justified for medical reasons, the vast majority have simply been because someone didn’t want a child. What potential this nation lost because of these legal murders we will never know. How should we classify these folks?

This nation has killed more children for self-indulgent purposes than the military has lost in all the wars in which we have been involved. And, yes, these were children, real live beings with potential for greatness. So don’t tell me how bad guns are until you get straight morally with your legalized killing of innocent children.

To put this in perspective, let’s compare some cities’ death tolls: Baltimore (more than 300 per year); Washington, D.C. (similar to Baltimore); Chicago (more than 500 per year). L.A., New York, Atlanta ... add as many as you like. These figures include all ages. Now, average 55 million over 40 years and divide that by 365 days. The average per day is almost 3,800 children legally killed without guns. Have you ever seen that printed or spoken about in the liberal news media?

When people start considering these facts, and with no accountability for killing these children because it’s legal, then maybe gun violence won’t seem as culpable.

I’ve never been for or against gun ownership, but because of the government and uninformed followers, I’m becoming pro-gun.

Edward Kendall
Hagerstown


Commissioners made wrong call with Fairplay fire co.

To the editor:

Foul play for Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. is all I can say. To follow the logic of the Washington County Commissioners is tantamount to asking your friends to help you build a house for free, then when they can’t show up because they all have jobs to support their families, you tell them not to ever come back and help, and cut them off at the knees.

This is the most ludicrous decision I have heard in years and absolutely the wrong way to treat volunteer members of any community, as well as the community itself. I hope that all of Washington County remembers this when this group of commissioners is out begging for re-election.

If you are so concerned about a 26 percent negative response time for EMS during regular working hours for these volunteers, maybe it is time for you to cough up the funding to assign full-time EMS personnel during those hours, as other area counties have done. I just hope that those who have volunteered in the past continue to serve their families and businesses in Fairplay.

Christopher Breeze
Martinsburg, W.Va.


Inaugurations of sitting presidents waste money

To the editor:

It is my opinion that having an inauguration for a sitting president is a total waste of time and taxpayer money. It is basically for the elite and so-called local elite to have a party at the expense of the taxpayer. It is my belief that an inauguration should be for a personnel change in the position.

What have we endured with the current president? We continually are informed of how our government is about to go over a fiscal cliff and extending the debt limit — what a sad state of affairs. We elect our representatives believing they are there for our protection and the good of our state of affairs, i.e. safety, financial status, etc. What do we get? Waste and promises never kept.

We are well on our way to socialism under the current leadership, or lack of leadership, by the current president. What a sad way to lose the USA. I have never seen such an abuse of power and waste of our government and the unbelievable number now employed by our government.

I certainly did not vote for the current president. Yes, I am upset.

Tom Wilhelm
Hagerstown

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