Gun-control foes

hold us all hostage

The elephant in the room - the illegal use of both licensed and illegal, unlicensed weaponry - can no longer be ignored. This latest tragedy in Newtown, Conn., should finally be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Every one of us is a hostage to the criminal use of firearms in our beloved American culture. We must hold our local, state and federal government officials personally responsible for gun control that really works and hold ourselves legally responsible for our behavior.

We now need a well-armed police officer at the door to every school, shopping mall, supermarket, movie theater, hospital, restaurant and bus and train terminal, scanning all who enter.

We must put our civil liberties aside, along with all the special interests that promote weaponry. We brought this on ourselves with excessive freedoms and tolerance for criminal behavior. Guns should be the province of the police and military only.

We Americans have a penchant for letting issues get so bad and waiting too late before we act appropriately to deal with the situation and stop the insanity.



Take another look

at Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is one sentence and refers to a "well regulated militia" - period. One must keep and bear arms to enforce and belong to that "well regulated militia."

The National Rifle Association and other gun owners constantly refer to the Second Amendment as justification for anyone owning a gun. They say guns are necessary for protection. Well, should those 6-year-olds sadly killed in Newtown, Conn., have protected themselves by carrying a gun to school?

In many instances, our country puts partisanship above logic. But now with this terrible tragedy, the right and left doors should and will be opened so that a bipartisan, realistic and logical solution can be addressed.

With the natural disaster of Sandy just behind us, which was something we could not control, isn't it time to act in an area we can control? A re-analysis of the Second Amendment is necessary to open those doors.


Cape May Point

Give NRA contributions

to families of the victims

In light of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, it is past time for this country to get serious about gun violence. The Second Amendment was written in the 18th century long before the lethal weapons of today were invented. It is time for our elected officials to stop kowtowing to the demands of the National Rifle Association and take action.

In New Jersey, at least three members of the House took contributions from the NRA for their 2012 campaigns - Reps. Leonard Lance, Jon Runyan and Frank LoBiondo. They should donate that money to the families of the 20 children killed in Newtown and stand up in Congress and support common-sense gun-control legislation. Enough is enough.


Ocean City

No time for debate -

protect our children

I don't know the answer. I can only imagine the horror.

But what I do know is once again lives will never be the same. More innocence has been taken away, more lives lost, more fear behind our thoughts and behavior.

I went to the mall after the Newtown, Conn., shooting, and in the back of my mind I wondered if there was someone in the crowd who had a gun and was ready to use it. When I think about going to the movies or when my daughter goes out with her friends, I question my safety and hers. A few years ago, people would have said I needed to go see a doctor, but today these fears are based on a reality.

I or someone I know and love could get gunned down in a movie theater, a school or any public place. It happened to others, and it keeps on happening. The odds are in my favor, but the possibility of this becoming a reality has increased.

I think about all the children across America who must be thinking, "Is anybody going to shoot me today?" This is our new reality. This is their new reality. We have failed our children. Our politicians have failed them. There isn't any debate here, no room to delay action with discussion. No room for politics. Just get it right. Solve the problem. Our children's safety has diminished, and they are getting gunned down in their schools.

Some people are saying that smaller ammunition clips are the answer. They hold fewer bullets so fewer kids can get killed. I guess 20 children is bad, but seven is acceptable.

But one bullet is too many. One child's life is too many. We better get this one right.


Egg Harbor Township