Joe Bachofen 
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Re: “Mayor Marc Snyder joins call for gun-law reform

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA made news today suggesting that we place armed guards in every school as a response to Sandy Hook. Since he and the NRA in general are directly responsible for creating the horror show we live in, I am not surprised that his prescription for insanity is to surrender ourselves to it. The sad irony is that he is right.
As a practical matter, placing armed guards in our schools may be the quickest way to make our children safer; sad but true.

Half the cost should be covered by a tax on gun sales and an annual fee on gun ownership.
Both should be tied directly to the firing rate and magazine capacity of the weapon.
Double the firepower, double the tax.

A tax on ammunition, a tax on gun manufacturer profits and a fee on NRA membership should be used to cover the rest of the cost.

We should also ban assault weapon sales immediately and put in place a national program to encourage responsible citizens to turn in such weapons. We should also close the gun show loophole and make gun trafficking a federal crime. Unregistered gun sales should be treated as theft and unregistered or stolen guns should be seized and destroyed.

That's my counter offer to Mr. LaPierre.

You may disagree with me but if you do, then offer an alternative.

Know this: I value the life of your child more than my presumed Second Amendment right to own a gun; that is why I choose not to own a gun.

Is your child's life more important to me than it is to you?

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Posted by Joe Bachofen on 12/22/2012 at 2:31 AM

Re: “Let's have a look at that...

Thank you Pam, for a well written effort to present an unbiased evaluation of the Memorial Hospital sale/lease. I'm left with the clear impression that the success or failure of this agreement going forward depends on the good will and integrity of the parties to the agreement. Certainly UCH needs flexibility in order to have a reasonable chance of success in managing an uncertain future. However, since I don't personally know the parties to the agreement, I am being asked to place my trust in strangers. That's hard enough to do when dealing with elected officials; it's even more difficult when dealing with the leaders of a non-profit, private organization like UCH. Most likely, I will vote FOR and cross my fingers.

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Posted by Joe Bachofen on 08/12/2012 at 11:05 PM

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