Gun control isn’t the answer

Gun control isn’t the answer

The Vindicator headline after the senseless murder of many children in a school of Newtown, Conn., asked “Why?” Banning guns and their extended clips will not answer that question.

Having spent most of my adult life in an area where guns were involved, I feel more qualified than the average politician to comment on the issue. I have been shot at and threatened by three other people pointing a gun at me, one a teamster goon with a military rifle. Sure I remember the type of gun used at the time of the incident. I was more concerned with the person pointing the gun than what type of gun.

A U.S. Senator being interviewed on television said military weapons were designed to kill. Were not all guns designed to kill? Banning certain weapons is not the answer. The Gun Genie has been out of the bottle for many, many years. There are many ways to get whatever weapon one desires.

Would anyone believe for a second that a person planning mass murder cares in the least the weapon they intended to use was banned? A saying I heard years ago which was attributed to a West Side gang member should explain what the criminal element of our society thinks of gun laws in particular. The gang member basically said it is better to get caught by the police with a gun than to be found by your enemies without a gun.

The reason the question “Why?” may never be answered is that out of hundreds of million people in this country, only a handful have done such murders. That is not to say we should stop looking for “why,” but let us do so reasonably.

Donald G. Baker, Liberty

The writer is a former Youngstown police chief.

Doing nothing means more will die

The cry of the Jews after the Nazi slaughter during World War II was “never again.” That same cry is now heard within the borders of our own nation. It’s the cry of the anguished families of the slaughtered innocent children of Newtown, Conn. That cry will not be silenced, not this time. It cannot and must not be.

The reported recent increase in NRA memberships, the mad rush to purchase semi-automatic weapons and huge backlog of orders for large capacity magazines and ammunition are feeding the fears of an already anxious nation. Given recent history, those fears are not without sound foundation.

Ironically, both sides of the gun issue are driven by fear. Gun rights advocates are driven by fear of what their government may do. Gun control advocates are driven by fear that what those with guns have already done may be repeated. The fears of the latter, at this point, are far more justified.

In a perfect world, gun rights could be absolute as gun rights advocates believe they should be. But, again, in a perfect world, guns wouldn’t be necessary for personal protection in the first place. How many tragic examples do we need to drive home the message that we don’t live in a perfect world where gun rights can safely be absolute?

Gun rights activists argue that laws banning assault weapons and limiting the capacity of magazines won’t make the situation any better. Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. One fact, though, is indisputable. What we’re doing now is absolutely not working. Can we really afford to wait for another elementary school to be littered with the bodies of innocent children? Never again.

Mike Halchuck, Canfield

Mooney: move south to North Lima

Why would Mooney even consider spending eighteen million dollars on remodeling their old school or even building a new building for $25 million in that area?

I would have thought that Mooney would have considered purchasing the old South Range High School building in North Lima. It is:

1. A recently remodeled high school.

2. Has a pretty nice football stadium.

3. Is in an area that Mooney mentioned as their desired area.

The money saved could help some kids go to Mooney who want that Catholic education but cannot afford it. I guess that this would have made too much sense.

Marian Beil, North Lima