To Mark Anthony: Stop it! Your letter makes too much sense to be posted in the hand-wringing, bleeding-heart, incessantly weeping, always emotional, loopy, loony left and totally bigoted INDY.
Elaine: I'd rather teach them to fish than give them a fish. When the wagon is so full of riders that the shrinking group of pullers stops dead in its tracks - everybody will go to bed hungry. Will that be equal enough for you?
SAS: Your operative word being "gave". In a competitive, capitalistic society (which is what we have in the US, by the way), people are -and should be- paid what they are worth. In a socialistic society, people are 'given a living'. There are still socialistic and social/democratic societies in the world. Nothing is stopping you from moving there.
(I must warn you however, they either are or are on the path to being bankrupt.)
If employers gave people a living wage less people would be on food stamps.
I know that I am in the minority of readers of the Indy when I say that I think Mayor Bach is okay and doing a fairly decent job. However, I must agree with the letter writers that question his prudence (and possibly even his motivations) relative to the downtown ballpark idea. I just don't see it as a good and beneficial thing. My guess, at this point, is that a vast majority of the population (and not just the "anti-Bach" Indy population) question the sanity of this grandiose idea.
To Sharlene White: I agree that the sentence for Marissa Alexander seems more than excessive, however aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with children present is no small thing. It is not only a poor example, it is a singular example which proves absolutely nothing. Additionally, it has absolutely nothing to do with the "Trayvon Martin" case. Your inclusion of the "abusive white husband" says more about your prejudices than of the perceived prejudice of the system. You need to stop listening to race baiters like Al Sharpton.
To Miz Elaine Brush: When will you be happy; when 100% of the people in the US are on food stamps? Here are a few things to consider. Food stamp spending has more than doubled in the last four years (see: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-04/f… )
Do you realize (or care) that the US currently has to borrow 56 cents of every dollar it spends? Do you have a clue from whom we borrow that money? Do you care that we will never be able to pay it back?
Donna Jean Arnink - Please email me at email@example.com !!! Been trying to get in touch with you for a while. Really hope you read this!
I don't know what to feel today- Affected by Trayvon- this is a parent's worst nightmare. All I can say is if George didn't get out of his car, a teen would still be alive. Win, win. Nobody dies. Check out these answers to the top five questions on the case at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013…
"Thinkagain" is all over the page here unashamed of being ignorant obviously.
"Armed to the teeth". Sure, if we want to be and we should be, this is America. No police officer or government agent will ever save your life and that is a fact. You have to protect yourself and your family and you have that Right. If you do not wish to have Rights then so what, just keep your hands off my Rights.
We "have congress by the nuts"? Hello calling all idiots: Yes and that is the way it is supposed to be and I believe we need to squeeze those "nuts" much harder. I want all those morons out of office every 4 years. All of them. Career politicians is one bad idea. They are corrupt and they are ignorant about life in this country.You want a government that runs you? There are plenty around the world like that, pick one, go there, stay there. Open your mouth when you are there and your beloved leaders will probably have you killed. That is what you want but you are not going have it here. Ever.
There is no debating the issue and those who have problems with clear thinking and logic such as yourself really should not try to out-think Thomas Jefferson. It is not about "gun control" either. It is about The Bill of Rights so try not being a myopic ignorant bigot and wrap your mind around the concept. It will take some time but you being ignorant cannot be pleasant as you stated it is. Don't listen to your brother as he is not any smarter than the box of hammers you call "family".
Jan Zeis is now the number one moron, surpassing all others with the most ignorant comments to date. Anything written too long ago is irrelevant? Toss your Bible in the trash along with classic novels by Dickens and all the rest. Jan Zeis is all things modern and trendy. Then I see thinkagain comments about half the males in her/his family have shot themselves! Well thinkagain a firearm just sits there until someone touches it and then it does whatever the person touching it allows. Your family of complete and utter idiots, Curly, Moe and Larry etc should not be allowed to touch anything at all.
The aforementioned pair of chuckle heads make owning firearms necessary and not just a Right. That people have died for you two to be free is just not right or fair and an utter waste.
trying to thinkagain, but it ain't working: Let's see, I own a small pistol that belonged to my dad and hasn't been fired in nearly 50 years. I also own a couple of shotguns for bird hunting. My teeth must be hurting for being so armed.
Ever notice how the emotional liberal always believes that he/she is in the majority and actually couldn't bear not thinking so-- "...we in the majority..." indeed. Guess what sweetheart, you are not in the majority.
How is passing useless, unenforceable feel-good measures "sensible"? The correct word for such laws is STUPID.
"What is sad (and frightening) is there seems to be more and more of these mindless twits appearing every day and even voting."
FRIGHTENING??? YOU'RE the guys who are armed to the teeth.
And YOU have Congress by the nuts, or else we in the Majority could get sensible gun control laws.
C'mom Dave H., it just isn't fair when you use superior intellect and logic in dealing with the liberal mind. They can only communicate in emotion and cannot think for themselves. Therefore, they are relegated to repeating idiotic minutia they pick up from MSNBC, Comedy Central, The Daily Kos and Mother Jones. What is sad (and frightening) is there seems to be more and more of these mindless twits appearing every day and even voting.
thinkagian wrote: "I've lived a perfectly enjoyable life for 70+ years, without ever owning a gun of any kind. "
"I've witnessed half of my male relatives killed or injured by their beloved guns,"
Have to call BS on that. Or maybe you only have two male relatives.
"I guess I'll just never understand the worship of, and neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. If someone could explain it to me, I'm listening."
No, you aren't listening. You have already made up your mind that we worship and have a neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. In real simple terms, you are a closed minded bigot. And trying to explain things to close minded bigots is like trying to teach pigs to sing -- it frustrating and fruitless and does nothing but annoy the pig.
My brother offered this comment:
The letter about gun control makes perfect sense. But trying to reason with a gun nut is about the same as having a discussion with your cat: it might seem satisfying to YOU, but doesn't accomplish much.
I've lived a perfectly enjoyable life for 70+ years, without ever owning a gun of any kind. I've witnessed half of my male relatives killed or injured by their beloved guns, one as young as 4 years old. (I grew up in Texas, home of more artillery than half the rest of the U.S. owns.)
I guess I'll just never understand the worship of, and neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. If someone could explain it to me, I'm listening.
thinkagain wrote "A majority of NRA members actually SUPPORT sensible laws such as were passed in our state!!"
None of the laws recently passed in our state are sensible. They are idiotic, snake oil, feel-good measures that will have no affect on violence and are very difficult to enforce.
"The NRA is now mostly a tool of the arms manufacturers"
85% of the NRA's funding comes from dues, promotional items, member services, and individual donations.
"The NRA is the sole reason that every mentally unstable criminal type in our country is armed to the teeth, since this group successfully fought every proposed law designed to control access to even the most destructive military weaponry."
Such an incredibly false statement that it truly shows you have no clue what you are talking about. In fact the NRA has supported numerous gun control laws, something which has put them at odds with much of their membership at times and caused people to form far more hardcore groups like the SAF, GOA, CRKBA, etc.
As for the military weaponry and "military mode destruction", please show me where I can go to buy a brand new M-16 or M4 rifle, or any new full-auto firearm AKA machine gun. I dare you.
"The Second Amendment was clear in its day. Today? "
Today it is just as clear as it was 200+ years ago.
"I have not heard of any proposal by the government or anyone else that your guns are going to be confiscated."
Confiscations have happened in several places including NY, CA, and New Orleans. Further, if you think they are going to confiscate all at once, you are the one who is mistaken. First it will be the evil "assault weapons" (a vague term used to describe any firearm the hoplophobes don't like that particular day). Then it will be another type, and another type, etc. That is how it happened in other countries until there was almost nothing left.
"Can you imagine our government trying to round up over 100 million guns (probably a conservative figure). "
Over 300 million in the US.
"But wait, you do not need weapons of war, and you know it."
ANY weapon or firearm is a "weapon of war".
"And what is so terrible about a background check? "
Because it won't fix anything and it is nearly unenforceable as well as setting a precedent for ever increasing restrictions -- a cycle we have basically been in for 75+ years.
"By the way, what about the rights of the majority of Americans who are for stricter gun laws?"
Actually, depending on the poll, the majority of the people in the US feel we don't need any more laws. Further, the US is not a strictly "majority rule" country -- therein lies an important difference between a democracy and a republic.
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