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Last thing needed are gun laws

Published: Tue, January 29, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Last thing needed are gun laws

I watched the president give his speech to fix the gun problem in our country. It was platitudes and grandstanding; he and Joe Biden presented a heart-string-pulling, $500 million solution to our school shootings. Give me a break. Not one word that the NRA gave a worthy, well thought out solution that can be put in place immediately, that will increase the safety of school children and staff immeasurably: security guards in every school that feels threatened. And it will not cost the middle class taxpayer a half a billion dollars. Many schools across the country have already acted on this NRA recommendation.

It is harsh, yes, but remember when we did not have to lock our doors. Things have changed. With the castle doctrine, (you can now defend yourself in your home without being arrested), and concealed carry (all promoted by the NRA), now homicide in the U.S. is at a 20-year low. Did you notice this was never mentioned by the president? What he said was 900 people have died by guns in the 30 days since the Newtown shooting. Not a word about the good guns do.

Citizens are arming themselves. Being armed is a way to try and not become a crime victim. The police are great, but they are really the second responders. You are the first. Guns are not the problem, law breakers are.

The NRA is not a boggy man, it is made up of millions of middle Americans, grandparents, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, and uncles, from all walks of life. Yes, we have spokespersons, like all other organizations. We are seeing our Second Amendment freedom taken away by an anti-gun government, and we are trying to push back.

People are buying guns at an accelerated rate because they are afraid they will be left defenseless by the action of the president.

All the gun laws, and we have over 22,000 thousand of them, have not stopped the criminal element. Laws did not stop prohibition and haven’t stopped the war on drugs.

This president, either by intent or ignorance, is taking us down a fatal path. He is not ignorant, which leaves intentional. Comparing the USA in anyway, with other countries is an exercise in futility. We are a haven unto ourselves. What we do not need are gun laws, and total gun registration is one of the very worse.

Tom Page, Boardman


1nipsy(157 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

What are we to do then Mr. Page? And if we do what the NRA mentioned then how much will it cost to put armed guards at every school in America? (something I am not opposed to) You say every school that feels threatened, but you fail to realize that the schools in NewTown, I am sure, did not feel threatened before that horrible day last month.
Personally, I am not opposed to some laws restricting magazine size and banning some assault type weapons. In addition I feel their should be a new tax placed on all weapon and ammuntion sales to be used to help implement the NRA's plan to put security at every school.

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

It's funny that you hear the NRA proposing new government services but you don't hear them proposing new taxes to cover the cost of all these armed guards.

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3jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh my!!!

Subject: WHY IS IT?.....

Why is it that none of the disturbed and evil men, who steal guns, then go and kill movie-goers and children in school, has ever been identified as a conservative NRA member?

Ft Hood~~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim

Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals

Virginia Tech ~~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat

Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal

Connecticut School Shooter- ~~~ Registered Democrat; hated Christians

Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.

INTERESTING, isn't it?

Maybe Democrats shouldn't have guns!

God Bless America


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4excel(595 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

On 9/11/2001 men with boxcutters took over planes and killed over a couple of thousand people. With no way to defend against them it was easy.

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Mr Page,

You better go back to math class. $500 million dollars is a lot of money. But you think the NRA plan is cheaper then $500 million dollars.
Simple math for you.

$500 million divided into 50 states equals $1 millioj per state.
$1 million ndivided by 88 counties in Ohio equals $113636.
I am not sure how many schools in mahoning county. But lets use 25. That gives each school $4,545 dollars to have armed security in each school to have armed security at it.

Remember, Columbine had armed security at it. So dod Fort Hood.

I also don't agree with your last statement of "What we do not need are gun laws, and total gun registration is one of the very worse"
Total registration seems to me as one of the better solutions to a problem. The registered owner of weapons need to take better responsibility of their weapons. If weapons owner has loaded weapons that his kids have easy access to, and their kid takes weapon and kills someone, the child and OWNER need to be held responsible.

Once again, I am not against the right to bare arms and I don't wish to take guns from anybody. I just think we all need to take more responsiblity in gun ownership,

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

Gun laws do work. Thanks to successful legislation on the books currently criminals do not have access to automatic weapons, potentially dangerous people are prevented from buying guns by failing the background check and people who use a gun in the commission of a crime receive stiffer penalties.

Improving what works, like universal background checks, seems like common sense.

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7HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

"the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".

Notice that criminals are not excluded, mentally deranged people are not excluded.

The second amendment does not anything about law abiding citizens, in fact it doesn't even say citizens.

You can't simultanously advocate the Second amendment and prohibit gun sales to any "people".

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago


They only read the 2nd amendment when it is for guns. The same ones that defend the right to bare arms complained when a newspaper used its right to freedom of speech, when it listed CCWers in the northeast.

All criminals have the right to bare arms. All mentally deranged and unstabled have the right to bare arms.

WOW.. how scary is that??

MR page. says ""security guards in every school that feels threatened. And it will not cost the middle class taxpayer a half a billion dollars""

Mr Page, who exactely is going to pay to hire these security guards?

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9redeye1(5108 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

AAC Do you want people to fight with their hands because you keep saying criminals have the right to bare arms or should you have said they have the right to bear arms. Which is it?
To all posters, i hope you never find yourself in a situation where you might need a gun to live on. Let's face it criminals will always have guns. Its the innocent citizens who are being pushed on with more new laws . Why don't the people elect judges who will put criminals in jail for good. instead of a slap on the wrist judgements against the criminals

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1076Ytown(1318 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Article by the US Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center regarding school shootings: http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac_ssi...

* school shootings are rarely impulsive acts. Rather, they are typically thought out and planned out in advance.
* almost every attacker had engaged in behavior before the shooting that seriously concerned at least one adult - and for many had concerned three or more different adults.
* some school attacks may be preventable, and that students can play an important role in prevention efforts.

Anti-gun lobby relies on emotion rather than logic to make its case.


Laws don't deter people from getting guns. There are laws on the books that make it mandatory to have a drivers license, auto insurance, permission to work in our country, a prescription for certain drugs,and on and on.

Mental health background checks are only as good as past record. Where do we draw the line on what would be considered a mental health issue that would deny a gun purchase? If you went to a doctor 5 years ago for a brief period of depression, would you be denied a gun purchase based on that diagnosis? If, as a child you were diagnosed with ADD or autism should you be denied a gun permit? Would those records be available once you reached adulthood? What if you had no history of any type of illness but after being approved for a gun permit you snapped?

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11papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

sorry to tell you but 60% of americans agree with president obama, including a majority of nra members. all they need to do is outlaw the high capacity drums to render these killing machines impotent. lapierre is nothing but a shill for the gunmakers. he doesn't give a damn about you or your rights. regulating ammunition and real background checks are the only answer.

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12excel(595 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

We shipped some real serious firepower to the drug lords in Mexico which was considered no big deal. The ranchers on the border will have to learn to live with new gun laws stripping them of equal arms. Make sense.

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13jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

-teen vs. illegal alien home invaders

Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11-year-old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home.

It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay-shooting champion since she was nine.

Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house.

She quickly ran to her father's room and grabbed his 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.

Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old's knee-crouch aim.

He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.

When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive.

It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45-caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David 0'Brien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest.

Reported only by FOX News.

Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news?

An 11-year old girl, properly trained, defended her home and herself against two murderous, illegal immigrants---and she wins, She is still alive. Now THAT is gun control.

Thought for the day.... Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an' unlicensed pharmacist'

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14Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

LOL!! Oh, Tom, you did the community a service by sending that letter. Girl Scouts selling cookies, Boardman Baseball players selling raffle tickets, schoolkids selling candy bars, UPS Drivers making deliveries and Jehovah's Witness's trying to convert folks can look up your address and avoid you knowing that you are peeking out your curtains with your gun cocked and ready to blow those threatening criminals away! How many people that are familiar with you, co-workers, relatives and neighbors read your letter and said, "Hey, look at what that nutcase wrote to the editor!" You are so far outside reality...you need to better assess risks to your life. Falling and breaking your neck in the shower is more likely than a criminal harming you or anyone else; so just buy a bathmat if you want to be safer. And as far as what you think about President Obama, if the two of you went before a panel of psychiatrists to determine which one of you had a rational view of the world and which one of you suffered from paranoid delusions, who do you think they'd lock up? There is no saving a guy like you. You are one of life's unfortunates, waiting to pull out your Glock in Applebees, like Dirty Harry, and saving the day. More likely though, is that you blow a part of your body off and shoot innocent bystanders. Keep your guns and buy more of them; they're all you have in life.

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15Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

BOARDMAN, OHIO—According to numerous reports, local resident, Tom Page, who owns a shotgun and several boxes of ammunition, is currently the last bastion of defense between the United States of America and the federal government’s full-scale takeover.
Page, a recent retiree and a proud advocate of gun rights, and is, at present, the only person capable of preventing top-secret forces within the government from striking and forcefully coercing hundreds of millions of Americans to submit to a fascist and brutal New World Order.
“It is every American’s right to be good and armed, and that’s a right that should always be protected,” said Page, now the sole American protecting the nation from the government’s hidden plot of disarming all citizens, gradually gaining control of the mass media, and installing martial law throughout the nation’s streets. “Our Founding Fathers intended for each and every one of us to protect ourselves from tyranny. That’s what America is all about.”
“What happens when the feds show up at your front door and start telling you how much meat you can eat or how to raise your kids?”
Page, who keeps his gun on his person at all times has reportedly struck dread into the very highest-ranking members of the U.S. government. According to sources, top government and military officials are fully aware that they remain unable to commence with their oppressive, systematic subjugation of the American populace as long as the 62-year-old owner of a rifle exists.
“The way I see it, the Second Amendment’s been keeping this nation free and secure for well over 200 years,” Page said, valiantly standing in front of his home that is constantly being monitored by CIA agents and elite Special Forces operatives, who are told to maintain a safe distance from the formidable 62-year-old. “First they’ll come for our guns and next…well, shoot, I don’t really plan on ever seeing what the hell happens next.”
While the federal government is more than adequately prepared to begin the first phase of its plan of convoying Second Amendment adherents to newly established FEMA concentration camps, high-level members of the Obama Administration involved in the widespread conspiracy confirmed that they have been forced to resort to alternate methods due solely to Page’s heroics.
“As long as there’s someone like Tom out there with a gun and ammunition, we are unable to carry out our attack on America,” said Maxwell Caufield, a covert military leader in charge of the operation to turn the country into an authoritarian, one-party state wherein the basic rights of citizens are stripped away in order to create total government control. “Try as we did to spread our distorted gun control propaganda—claiming that it would protect innocent people across the country from needless deaths—the man just wouldn’t bite.
“You’ve got to hand it to him, really,” Caufield added. “If it weren’t for Tom, you’d be looking at a totally different country.”

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16HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Rockyroad. OK, I get it, you are trying out to be a writer for The Onion.

Maybe there are people who are not "in" on your joke.

Otherwise very funny satire at the expense of Tom Page.

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17peacelover(807 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago



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18excel(595 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

SeriouslyNow is now doing damage control. If no one in this discussion seen it then it didn't happen.

ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal

A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

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19thediffrence(13 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Last thing we need are more nut bags like this letter writer. Gun nuts UNITE! Assault weapons ban is not taking away your guns. You have plenty more. No sanity and armed guards didn't stop Columbine. Or Virginia Universtiy or many other shootings from happening. AUSTRAILIA DID THE BAN and they still have guns and guess what? Not a mass murder with a gun in over 15 years with the ban.

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20HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Now I think I understand. Your reliable and credible news sources are heavily conservative, leaning into conspiracy theorists. WND recently ran stories that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged.

Aaron Klein is unabashdly anti-Obama, as evidenced by his books.

Media Porn would be a apt description.

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21HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Wikipedia is a useful tool to find the references to a subject. I get that you may not trust LA Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, or the Arizona Star but they are better known and generally accepted as reliable journalists.
The same can't be said for WND or No Quarter USA.
The other sources I cited were Darryl Issa's Committee on Gov't oversight that did an exhaustive examination of Fast & Furious. One thing Issa is not, he is not a liberal.

So you and I may disagree all day long about who or what journalist is credible.
I'm going to go with the well known and traditionally accepted, you can choose the Conspiracy theorists.

You will not convince me that the US government knowingly shipped weapons to the Mexican drug lords as you and excel assert.

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22excel(595 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Comrad Bob is very good at providing cover. Next he will convince us that the earth is flat and the moon is but a space panel owned by GE. Optical and verbal illusions have fooled many over the years.

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23HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Actually HappyBob is one who really trys to find actual evidence. excel's retort is innane.

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24HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Can we get back to discussing the original letter and dispense with the personal characterizations?

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25excel(595 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago


I would rather watch a rerun of the Doug Henning show!

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26HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

If you still can't present a logical argument, resort to name calling, the tried and true equalizer.

Hman, I referred you to the references section of the Wikipedia article. There are over 130 citations given there. Among those references are these:
"The Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents" Joint Staff Report Prepared for Rep. Darrell E. Issa and Senator Charles E. Grassley, 112th Congress, June 14 2011.

Fatally Flawed: Five Years of Gunwalking in Arizona (Report of the Minority Staff, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, January 2012).

Have you read either of these? Are these what you call mainstream media? Do you have any other contradictory evidence?

Excel's statement that "we shipped to drug lords is plainly untrue". Did the ATF botch an operation in which they were to watch others ship guns? I'd agree with that. But botching a surveillance operation is not the same as performing the actual operation of shipping.

Excel's statement is the distortion of fact.

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27kk80586(227 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

"$500 million divided into 50 states equals $1 millioj per state.
$1 million ndivided by 88 counties in Ohio equals $113636.
I am not sure how many schools in mahoning county. But lets use 25. That gives each school $4,545 dollars to have armed security in each school to have armed security at it."
Uh, might wanna redo the calculus there...the correct answer is (no peeking)
$45450.00 . I'd so all school hours and events for $35000.00, that leaves $10450.00 to pay someone to go tear down all the "Criminal Protection Zone" signs that criminals and looney people are attracted to.

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28kk80586(227 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago


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29HappyBob(285 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

There's no point in trying to discuss this with you. As I can see from your other posts you are not willing to accept anything other than what you have decided is true. You sound like a profoundly unhappy person.

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30kk80586(227 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Actually, when I saw the first mistake I should have looked for the others. To be honest, I didn't do any math other than divide 500 by 50 (and he was guessing on the 25 schools in Mahoning). I would be willing to go tear down all the criminal protection zone signs for $2300.00 which would make all those areas much safer. (Yes, I was going to pay someone $10000.00 but that was for a union guy, we'll just go non-union. Still not bad pay for a days work.)

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