The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:23 PM EST
To the Editor:
In response to Mr. Gochenour's letter to the editor in the Jan. 30, 2013, edition.
Mr. Gochenour wants the opinion of citizens on the unnecessary killings that had been happening.
The word unjustified seems more appropriate than unnecessary. Even when justified it is not always necessary to kill. Ask any police officer. The hurting, wounding, or killing of innocent people can never be justified.
When discussing violence there has always has been, and always will be, three types of people. There are those on one side that would never hurt or kill for any reason. On the other side there are those who would hurt or kill for no reason at all. And somewhere in the middle there are those of us who would only hurt or kill someone as a last resort.
The recall of all the rifles that require a magazine of multiple shells and the locking up in an armory only to be used by armored forces in war time.
The recall of a product - an automobile, appliance, or firearm (in this case a rifle) - can only be done by the manufacturer due to some mechanical problem. Even then a recall only offers a repair to the item and not the confiscation of it. The Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, prohibits the government from the confiscation of property except for the conviction of a crime and on a case-by-case basis.
As for "the locking up in an armory only to be used by armored forces in war time." For centuries kings, dictators, tyrants, and other forms of oppressive governments have armed their people when they declare war on someone and as soon as the war was over disarmed their people, leaving them helpless against animals, thieves, or attacks. The Constitution of Indiana, Article I Bill of Rights Section 32 - Right to bear arms: states; The citizens shall have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State. Simply put, If a citizen does not have the right to defend himself, he has no duty to defend the state.
Next he asks: Forbid the sale of guns to families that have any issue of mental illness. In America we do not penalize one person for the act of another. We do not punish people for guilt by association or relation. A citizen may only be denied the purchase, possession, or ownership of a firearm for the conviction of a felony or deemed mentally incompetent by a court.
Word on the street and in the media is that it will be a really bad summer for mosquitoes. Or should I say, it will be a really bad summer for humans, because it will be a great year for thirsty mosquitoes.
June 14, 2013
As a Christian, I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter to the editor.
When Barack Obama announced his presidential campaign back in February 2007, he did it in front of the old Springfield, Ill., Statehouse in a speech full of references to Abraham Lincoln.
Ordinarily I don’t take requests, but a bunch of people have written to ask how I’m doing with my weight-loss surgery and I thought this might be the most efficient way to answer.
June 11, 2013
I am a grandmother who went to the Brownsburg graduation ceremony on June 7 and due to very poor planning on Brownsburg School’s part, I could not sit and watch my twin grandsons graduate in person. I was directed to an overflow room where I had to watch it on a TV screen and could not even take pictures.
What you are now hearing across the land is a collective whine. Blue-state Democrats are upset that Texas Gov. Rick Perry dares come and play in their sandboxes, and worse, threatens to “poach” jobs from their states.
The website Politico reports that Perry’s attempts to lure jobs to Texas are “infuriating to prominent Democrats around the country.”
I am the first to admit I am behind the times when it comes to technology. I remember way back in the olden days of the 1990s when I was actually ahead of the game. Now there are second-graders that are more tech savvy than me. I just decided to stop my forward technological progression a few years back.
June 7, 2013
College graduates facing a crushing debt – some more than $100,000 – is a very big and a very real problem.
But U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent proposal to deal with it won’t solve the problem. It is a cheap ploy to divert attention from the real problem.
It is appropriate that the worst scandal of the Obama administration — the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives — is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free of serious oversight from elected officials.
Because I am a With-It type guy who is Down with all the latest Technostuff, I recently agreed to teach an online summer class for one of my local universities, which shall remain nameless but whose initials are IUPUI.
June 4, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Trish Staine had just finished running 10 miles while training for a half-marathon when she started going into labor. The mother of three said she hadn't gained any weight or felt any fetal movement in the months before and had no idea she was pregnant. Is it possible for a woman not to know she's pregnant before she starts giving birth?
June 17, 2013
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