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12/15/2012 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Killing children in Connecticut

Editor:

It does not matter to us.

If it mattered to us as a nation, we would do something about it.

We worry that going too fast in cars might cause harm to others. It matters to us so we set speed limits and do something about it.

We worry that someone taking heroin, meth, cocaine, marijuana or other narcotics might do harm to themselves or someone else. It matters to us, so we control those substances and do something about it.

We worry that consuming too much alcohol and driving can be dangerous. It matters to us so we set minimum standards for determining sobriety and we do something about it.

We worry about potential acts of terror using aircraft to inflict harm. It matters to us so we have TSA strip search and irradiate passengers for our protection. But, we do something about it. (Somehow, the Constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure is suspendable).

We are concerned with our children’s exposure to drugs at school. It matters to us so we have laws particularly punitive to anyone caught with drugs near a school. We do something about it.

According to one website, “Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii.” (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map

So, as to killing children in Connecticut, or anywhere else for that matter?

This must be OK, because we do not do anything about it.

So It must not really matter to us.

Phil Falbo

Clarkdale



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Country Boy

Two Cents is not correct.
Either two cents created them, took them from old historic stats or who knows.
Two Cents please post the link to that Wiki info I was unable to find it???? However I did post some links to WIKI with crime stats for the readers.

Here are the true WIKI Stats and link.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

Below I have listed links to mult sources so that I can not be called bias. Please all take the time to look and do the research for your self.
There are a few posters that like to feed your a lot of propaganda that promotes their left views instead of doing the right thing and giving people facts so that they have the WHOLE story and the TRUTH. These types of people and posters do not want you to have the facts or truth for that is what they fear the most. If you have the truth and facts on issues they are powerless.

Understanding International Crime STATS and Margin of error,
"The comparison of violent crime statistics between countries is usually problematic, due to the way different countries classify crime. Valid comparisons require that similar offenses between jurisdictions be compared. Often this is not possible because crime statistics aggregate equivalent offenses in such different ways that make it difficult or impossible to obtain a valid comparison."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violent_crime

US Violent Crime rates v. Gun Ownership.
http://www.datamasher.org/mash-ups/crime-vs-gun-ownership#table-tab

International Homicide Stats,

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri-crime-total-crimes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

UK Home Secretary Quote "Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union.
Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.

Further more,
The Tories said Labour had presided over a decade of spiraling violence.

In the decade following the party's election in 1997, the number of recorded violent attacks soared by 77 per cent to 1.158million - or more than two every minute.

The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show:

The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.
It has a higher homicide rate than most of our western European neighbors, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate in the EU.
It has the fourth highest burglary rate and the highest absolute number of burglaries in the EU, with double the number of offenses than recorded in Germany and France.

But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking. The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.

In the UK, there are 2,034 offenses per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.

The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents,
Canada 935,
Australia 92
and South Africa 1,609.












Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

re : John Bond
Why Indeed


Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Two Cents:

Why in the world would a genuine "Christian" want or need to own an assault rifle?


Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

GUN RELATED DEATHS IN 2011

1. United States- 11,127 ( 3.601/100,000)

2. Germany- 381 ( 0.466/100,000 )

3. France- 255 ( 0.389/100,000 )

4. Canada- 165 ( 0.484/100,000)

5. United Kingdom- 68 (0.109/100,000)

6. Australia- 65 ( 0.292/100,000 )

7. Japan- 39 ( 0.030/ 100,000 )

When conservative or liberal, democrat or republican, christian or non- christian, insist on being able to own guns especially automatic weapons, the potential for innocent people being killed is obvious, just like the above statistics point out. wikipedia
just my two cents for what its worth


Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

I read this somewhere the other day, I wish I could credit the original source.

Talking about ending mass killings without mentioning guns is like talking about ending lung cancer without mentioning cigarettes.

Hey, I know people like to collect things, I like to collect things. But let's be honest. If you have an arsenal of weapons specifically to defend against a horde of communists, leftists, or crack heads or hippies, or liberals, or even one or two home invaders, that seems like a pretty serious mental condition that someone needs to report to the authorities. To you collectors out there, I'd suggest you keep quiet about it, otherwise you might attract the wrong kind of attention. Now please excuse me, I need to lock the gates to my compound.




Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: so why do pro-gun folks who use the 2nd ... .

as justification for their 'right' to bear arms always leave out the 'well regulated' portion of the amendment?

and why can't they ever offer a response to that question that makes sense?

its like they short circuit and just default to guns being a god given 'right' when in fact the 'right' was granted by an amendment drafted by man.

and now the line between military/assualt/hunting rifles has been sp blurred that nobody even understands what is what... how convenient.

if you need a 30 round magazine to hunt anything...then you are doing it wrong and should probably spend some more time with soda cans and a bb gun... which incidentally you now get a bb gun that looks just like an ar-15... or a bushmaster etc... flavor of the week.

WELL REGULATED does not mean unlimited and unregulated does it?


Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Hey, I know! Let's let atheists define religion and homosexuals define morality and see what happens to our country!!!

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: Re: Im Back to comment again, Right to protect ones self!

I have to thank you for your post and am happy that you and your family survived such a terrible occurrence. I don't no if I would have had the courage to not use my firearms if that same situation happened to me. Unfortunately, you can talk to your blue in the face to people like the prophet wannabe Bond or his running mate Falbo about firearms or, for that matter anything that makes sense to the average normal American. They won't understand or can't comprehend the true American way and would much rather live in there fairytale world and then try to force it on everybody and hate on those who don't see things exactly there way.

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Falbo

@ nutso

It'll take some time to look at it all, thanks.

Merry!


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Re: John Bond

And would it make any difference if myself (the victim) or the other people (criminal and anonymous person) were carrying a knife of other weapon besides a gun? NO, it wouldn't mean squat. Either way, you can't predict the outcome unless you have a crystal ball in that looney liberal mind of yours.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Danny Smith:

I love YOU, too!

Sincerely,

John


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

@ Phil Falbo...

Thanks for the URL:
http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcgvmurd.html

That is indeed interesting, but the statistics don't surprise me. Did you follow the link to the page that "illustrates that violent crime can be significantly reduced without passing more gun control laws?" Here:
http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcagenfo.html

Unfortunately, no suggestions on how to keep vengeful narcissists from going berserk.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Danny Smith

Most if not all the gun owners I know are not fanatics John. Wow great story though talk about being a liberal fanatic. I do believe that most of the liberals on here go way beyond fanatic as evidenced by your hilarious anti gun, anti constitution, anti self responsibility, basically anti american ramblings.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Back in the 1990's when "we" had to do something about senseless violence, legislation was passed to mandate expenditure of $millions to put V-chips in TVs, and to ban sales of 'assault-styled' semi-auto rifles and high capacity magazines. The effect on gun violence was essentially nil. And yet, we are now experiencing great pressure to restore the ban in response to a situation that wouldn't have been prevented by the ban. Do legislators honestly expect that doing the same thing a second time will produce a different result?

None of the proposals to do 'something' via legislation would have prevented the killing at Sandy Hook. Meanwhile, it's clear from increased gun sales that the threat of legislation only exacerbates the problem of too many guns.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: G M

Hey phoney Falbo and commie Bond, listen to what MJ has to say, you might learn something! Most of the problems America has today is caused by your ways of thinking. All your politically correct liberal nonsense has killed the values America was built on and the results are pretty evident. Respect, gone! Discipline, gone! Work ethics, gone! Everything we once held dear (values) to America, gone! But your the first to point your finger for things you helped to create with liberal thinking and ways. Wake Up! What was the old saying? Spare the rod and spoil the child. Hmmm, can't do that, liberals have changed it from good parenting to child abuse and fail to see the difference between the two. Discipline bred respect. It worked for my generation and we didn't have all the problems like we have today. Is that the answer? Probably not, but it could be a step in the right direction.


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