NRA’s real clients
More than 30 people per day have been shot dead with guns in America for years. It was only when 26 were massacred at a school in Newtown (plus the shooter and his mother) that the people have finally noticed. There may be enough courage in Congress to finally act, but only on timid measures.
The NRA’s propaganda machine is operating at full speed, and there is much mythology about the Second Amendment. Until 2009, the Supreme Court interpreted it to mean that states can regulate gun laws, but in 2008 the Supreme Court finally accepted the interpretation of the NRA that it is about guns for personal safety. When conservatives want to, they insist on original intent, but not here.
The original intent was twofold: A check on the federal government if it bullied states, and getting a state militia to the scene of a crisis quicker than the federal army could respond. Within a few decades, both these concerns had become moot, and the Second Amendment was obsolete. Its revival is pretty much the work of the NRA.
Now, most NRA members, as well as practically every one else, wants a tightening of our gun laws to inhibit mass shootings. The NRA’s resistance exposes its real clients — not its members, but gun makers and sellers.
Frank N. Egerton
Excuse me, but The Journal Times’ conservative bias is getting very obvious. Why does the appearance of Congressman Ryan before a partisan political gathering deserve two (not one but two) front-page articles with banner headlines and multiple photos? This was not a meet and greet or Town Hall event. It was a forum for Mr. Ryan to pitch his “We know what’s best for the country” ideas.
The current election cycle is over. Surely there was more important, front-page-worthy news than another tired political speech aimed at the true believers.
What will it take to wake us up?
Does anybody care about the path that the United States is on right now? Drone airplanes, used to bomb Iraq and other nations, are now being used over U.S. cities to spy on us. Unconstitutional police checkpoints are being set up across our country and yes, even in Wisconsin.
Washington just passed a debt-ceiling deal that does not cut one penny from spending; in fact, it increases our debt further. Gun-grabbers are feverishly working to install the United Nations’ “Small Arms Treaty” that will lead to gun confiscation.
And we have a Common Council, a true example of government corruption, complete with backroom deals. One of the very few voices of reason, Alderman Fair, is continually attacked for speaking truth; it is refreshing to see such honesty from an elected official. So what will it take to wake us up? Ten dollars for a loaf of bread? Ten dollars for a gallon of gas? Gun confiscation? Hyper-inflation? A Third World War?
Do your homework on assault rifles
Next time you do a story on King Obama trying to take our assault rifles away, do your homework.
Never has there been an “assault rifle” sold in the United States.
When I joined the Army in 1969, they handed me an M-16 rifle — that was an assault rifle because when you pulled the trigger it kept shooting until the magazine was empty. Those sold in the United States today are nothing more than any other semiautomatic rifle or shotgun in my safe. It will only shoot one round every time you pull the trigger.
I just wanted you to get it right. I know also that you won’t print this letter because it doesn’t scare people half to death. That’s the way newspapers work. We “gotta scare them to death so we can sell more newspapers.”
Dickert wants to ignore city’s ills
I read the commentary (Journal Times, Jan. 21) that Mayor Dickert wrote in regards to CAR25 and its programming.
After reading the entire article, here is what I walked away hearing from the mayor: CAR 25 should stop airing the negative things about Racine and only air the positive about Racine.
Translation: Let’s not fix what is wrong with the city, let’s just ignore it.
Great solution to the city’s issues, Mayor.
Thanks, Dr. Perry
I would like to recognize and thank retired veterinarian Dr. Curt Perry for his eight years of service to Countryside Humane Society. Dr. Perry performed thousands of operations in service to the Racine community. His dedication made pet ownership more available to countless citizens by providing free or low- cost service for their pets.
With the continuing escalations of veterinary costs, his service has been invaluable to many pet owners. In addition, the numerous neutering services he provided has helped to contain the growth of animals for which there may not have been a loving home available.