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Limited gun restrictions don’t violate the Second Amendment



Published: Sun, March 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Limited gun restrictions don’t violate the Second Amendment

After this last terrible shooting in the school in Newtown, Conn., we can expect some kind of action from the president on gun control; we can also expect reactions from the National Rifle Association.

The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

I as a citizen do wholeheartedly agree with the founders and will fight to keep the amendment in place. In the 18th century when this amendment was written the only arms known were the sword, the muzzle-loader rifle and pistol. Both of these arms were single shot; they were heavy, awkward and took several seconds to reload. I don’t believe even Ben Franklin who I believe possessed the greatest foresight of the time could have foreseen how far advanced those muzzle-loaders would become.

We might visualize today a gunman walking into a crowded area armed with a muzzle-loader rifle and pistol. How many shots could he get off before he was taken down? Today a .22-caliber revolver is a deadly weapon. Would this weapon satisfy the founders at that time? I believe it would, because it would be a hundred times more efficient than what was then available.

The Founding Fathers would leave the type of weapons to the discretion of future generations. This brings us to the touchy situation facing us today. If we remove weapons from the public that are not needed and have been responsible for so many deaths, are we ignoring the Second Amendment? I think not, because we haven’t in any way removed the teeth from the amendment.

However, we should be careful that certain elements from the far left who are working to change the Constitution into a living document do not look upon any restriction of weapons as a green light allowing them to attack other segments of the document.

The question before us today is this: Do we need high-velocity full and semi-automatic rifles to protect our families and homes?

Leon White, Columbiana

Look again at Mahoning Ave.: Skid-row look is already there

I am writing about the recent article in The Vindicator about the thrift store on the West Side.

The owners may have done wrong, but the excuse of city Councilman Mike Ray isn’t fooling anyone. All he is worried about is the so-called saturation of thrift stores, giving Mahoning Avenue a “skid-row” appearance.

This is said as if the bars, tattoo parlors and car lots don’t give it this appearance already! I am 57 years old, born and raised on the West Side, and I am still here.

I can tell you that it was a lot nicer when I was young! So Mr. Councilman, get your priorities straight!

Dana Olsen, Youngstown

Three cheers for Kasich budget

Gov. John Kasich recently unveiled his new Ohio Jobs Budget 2.0, and while there has been much hoopla in the media since, one thing is clear: the governor’s budget is focused on doing the right thing for working families and job creators.

There are three main points of Gov. Kasich’s Jobs Budget 2.0 that show this. Reforming Ohio’s education funding, implementing common-sense tax reform, and standing up for Ohioans’ health care all indicate a clear emphasis on getting results, instead of the politics as usual we have come to know only too well here in Ohio.

Before John Kasich took office as Ohio’s governor, our state was hemorrhaging jobs and was billions of dollars in the hole.

Now Ohio leads the Midwest in job creation, and our state is on the right path. I for one am grateful that John Kasich has dedicated himself to expanding opportunity to learn, grow, work and have good health care for all Ohioans.

Suellen Blasdell, Canfield

Snowfall at Vienna airport often doesn’t match that in Boardman

If I had not already heard correct information to the contrary, as a Mill Creek Golf Course cross country skier, I still would have doubted the assertion in the March 2 story by David Skolnick that “The Valley” had received 20.3 inches of snow in February, making it the ninth snowiest February on record.

The skiing conditions on the golf course during the month hadn’t been that good for there to have been that much snow. I often found myself skiing over downed branches or over golf-cart trail gravel.

However, on a local television newscast, an anchor reported that while the National Weather Service Station at the regional airport in Vienna had recorded 20.3 inches of snow for the month, the total at his station (located in Boardman near the golf course) had been only 12 inches.

Thus the southern portion of “The Valley” received much less now than did the northern portion.

Perhaps global warming could explain this anomaly, since the Vienna airport is closer to Lake Erie and is thus more prone to the lake-effect snow squalls caused by cold air passing over the warmer waters of an ice-free lake.

Thus due to global warming, the amount of precipitation recorded at the airport may no longer reflect what has fallen on the entire Mahoning Valley, at least during the colder months.

Robert R. Stanger, Boardman

Heroes abound at American Red Cross of Mahoning Valley

March is Red Cross MONTH, and the American Red Cross recognizes our everyday heroes who help their community by giving of themselves — the volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need.

March also is a great time to become part of the American Red Cross by doing such things as developing a preparedness plan for the household, becoming a volunteer, giving blood or taking a Red Cross class.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in this country. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains more than 7 million people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills every year.

Here in the Mahoning Valley, the American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley in the past year responded to 523 local emergencies, assisted 807 members of military families and trained thousands of people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated 11,250 units of blood.

We thank those whose generosity enables us to continue our work, and encourage everyone to become an everyday hero this month by helping their neighbors.

Karen E. Conklin, Warren Conklin is executive director of the American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley.

There’s no balance in socialism

I’m so sick and tired of the Socialist propagandists in Washington, including President Obama, using the term “balanced” to describe their so-called approach to federal spending and budgets. And these Marxists use this term ad nauseam.

Let me be frank with no pun intended: The truth is there is no balanced approach to Socialism. Throughout history, it has always been “Government Take All, From All.” Period.

Frank Santolla, North Lima


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