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From one Marine to another

Published: Tue, January 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

From one Marine to another

To the gentleman dining at the Olive Garden in Boardman around 7 p.m. New Year’s Day, thank you on behalf of Pfc. Brandon Marion, USMC, for your “random act of kindness” by leaving a gift card for his and his date’s dinner.

Since he has no way of contacting you and has returned to base, I, his grandmother, am writing at Pfc. Marion’s request. He understood that you are a fellow Marine serving in years past. Please know that Pfc. Marion is realizing his lifetime dream of serving our great country in this manner and intends to make it his career.

Once again, thank you for your kindness and also for your service.

June Marion, Poland

Would fewer die tomorrow if we all paid more attention today?

Did what happened in New- town, Conn., have to happen, or could it have been averted? In 2012 in one city alone, the city of Chicago, 2,400 Black and Hispanic kids have been shot, with around 500 dead. That’s right, 500 killed in the streets in the past year, killed with AK 47s and Bushmasters like the one used in Newtown and every other type of high powered assault weapon imaginable.

Where was the media? Everyone just went on with their lives. Well we’ve all heard the talk. Let them kill themselves, who cares about them. They can all kill each other as far as I’m concerned. This is what society says. Warning: Be careful of the words you speak because your words will follow you home. If we just could have stopped and paid attention to what was going on, maybe these killings in Newtown could have been prevented.

I’m not naive enough to believe getting high powered weapons off the streets will solve the problem. However in a civil society these type of weapons don’t belong on the street in the first place. But when you take a good look around, maybe this society is not so civil. The NRA is like drug addict in denial. It can’t come to terms with its addiction until it takes the first step in realizing it has a problem. Of course, we all know the NRA’s drug of choice is guns. But who really cares? You can’t have selective caring; either you care or you don’t.

Sly and the Family Stone had a song out in the 70’s called “It’s a Family Affair” in one verse it says: One child grows up to be someone that just loves to learn, and another child grows up to be somebody you’d just love to burn.

As our children in Chicago, L.A., Detroit, Youngstown and cities across America lay dead in the streets with their blood soaked Christian crosses around their necks and praying hands tattooed on their arms, they knew if nobody cared about them that at least God cared who they were and what their names were.

Charles Penny Sr., Youngstown


1Woody(469 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Wake Up Charles,

Chicago has some of the strictist gun laws in the country, and the highest murder rate. Guess what, the bad guys still manage to find a way to get guns. Mexico has some strict gun laws (ask the marine that was held for a few months there last year), and there is no shortage of firearms in that country. Until you can 100% guarentee that a law on firearms will be destroyed and no one will have them, meaning that ALL firearms, including military, police, etc, are all gone, then I will give up mine. But since you can't, I won't.

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2DwightK(1376 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Charles, there are those who believe they need these types of weapons so that they can fight if the government ever needs to be overthrown. Taking away their guns would mean trashing their fantasies of gunning down soldiers and police as they fight for their twisted version of America. See, we have to endure killings like Newtown and Aurora so that these little soldier boy wannabes can hold their rifles close and tell themselves that it will all be okay if the black helicopters ever come for them.

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3VINDYAK(1822 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry for you DwightK. You seem to be an intelligent man, but you also seem to enjoy demeaning others because of their personal choices and freedoms.

Not all of us want to submit ourselves to socialism, even though it is an ever growing problem that many in society see as the ultimate form of government. Controlling people is the ultimate goal of socialism and it creeps in slowly, one step at a time, as more rules and laws are passed that cannot be enforced, which requires more rules and laws, with more government workers required until we become a society of workers turning over our wages to the government to feed, house and protect us. Seems like the ultimate society. That's what people in Russia thought. And that's why many of our parents and forefathers moved here. To this country of all places in the world...why? One word...Freedom.

Freedom... Once you give it up, you never get it back. That is why there are many among us, including myself, my children, my friends and my neighbors who will argue for our freedoms until we die, because somebody has to protect the rights of all of us, even if others do not see the truth, yet. We only hope this is not seen by others after it is too late, for once it is lost, it is lost forever.

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4redeye1(5109 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

@Vindyak Great post .

DK Is one of many who feel that laws will protect them from harm. What a shame , i'll keep my guns to do the same.

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5HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The interview with Al Jones last night confirmed my suspicions. Pathetic Paranoid... the man is exactly the kind that should not have firearms.

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6TB(1167 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Vindyak, what rights, other than those related to the second amendment that you have already covered, would you seek for restoration?

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7VINDYAK(1822 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

TB - if you cannot see it then we are failing as a society. You should not have to ask, as it is right before your eyes, but you choose to either refuse to see it or have been brainwashed into not seeing it. Please open your mind and your eyes and you will see.

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8TB(1167 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

They're open and waiting. Please list a few at least. It's an easy request.

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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

If guns cause crime, do cameras cause child porn?

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10TB(1167 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Still waiting...you've been logged in and posting since I've asked.

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