Skip to main content Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
topical editor's pick

Letter: Too many guns

  • Updated
  • 0
030318-Gun-Show-003

Hand guns sit on a table readied to be handled, Saturday, March 3, 2018, during the Big Bore Gun Show held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

Thank you to Tom Loewy for thegut-wrenching storyabout grief after sons in two families died violently.

Why can’t we talk about the elephant in the room? Why can’t we talk about guns; we have too many guns that kill kids, adults, and large groups of people indiscriminately. We cannot even discuss it. Instead we talk about intervention groups, after-school programs and gang-infiltration consultants. It’s not that hard, folks. If you get rid of guns, people won’t die. But because of the non-negotiable Second Amendment, this country will continue to have the largest number of gun deaths, by far, of any developed country on this planet.

And we don’t like references to how other countries deal with guns because those people don’t enjoy the freedoms we do. Try to purchase a simple handgun in Canada, Japan, the UK, or Norway and you’ll see how far you get.

Furthermore, there are now so many guns out there (more than 120 for every 100 Americans) that a few simple gun control measures will do little. Those guns are stolen daily, passed around, and found unlocked by kids in their own homes.

We need drastic measures, and so we get nowhere, because we cannot touch that amendment and its ridiculous interpretation. We are very free in America. Free to die from a stray bullet just about anywhere, anytime. Free to bury our family members.

Linda M. Lewis

Davenport

2
4
0
0
0

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement andprivacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Letter: This Trump loyalist is moving on

每个人都经历了分手或离婚的couple where you're friends with both people. In situations like this, in addition to child custody, there's the issue of friends. It's sometimes impossible to remain cordial with both plaintiff and respondent; sides must be taken. So here I am, a long-time Republican, who in September 2016, endorsed Donald Trump's candidacy. I wrote dozens of letters over the next four years; promoting President Trump's policies; defending against baseless, partisan charges; challenging mindless hatred. Then COVID-chaos, resulted in widespread, temporary changes in 2020's election process. That's undeniable.

Letter: Mobilize, Republicans

Now that the primaries are over, it is time for Republicans to celebrate and march united to a great victory of truth and light in the November elections. It is time to turn out and support all the great patriots of the First Amendment that we have just elected to restore the Land of Lincoln to peace and prosperity with safety and security in our streets and neighborhoods. "We the People" have all been damaged by the unholy stain of the tryanny of the Pritzker/Biden/Fauci government during the pandemic. It is time to restore the power of the First Amendment: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition our Grievances, and Freedom of the Conservative Press. They were all taken away by an unrighteous government during the pandemic. Churches were closed, your speech was censored by Big Tech, you were threatened with incarceration if you protested lockdowns and mandates. It is time to flood the Rock Island County GOP chairman with volunteer help and the events of the Republican Party with your voices and get loud, Illinois. Ministers, pastors, deacons and elders need to lead the march to freedom and liberty. Let the world hear the Land of Lincoln and our shouts for liberty and freedom. I invite all voters; Democrats, Republicans and Independents, to stop being serfs to the political elite and become momma bears and grizzly dads for peace and prosperity and safety and security.

Letter: Pritzker should shut up and boast

Though I've never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in my 60-plus years, if Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ends up in this position I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Our country needs him.

Letter: Biden has us in a pickle

California guarantees free health care for illegal immigrants covering 740,000 people at a cost of $2.7 billion a year. Crime rages on and continues to spike! Gasoline continues to spike but Americans are supposed to cheer for a .20 cent reduction by emptying emergency tanks. Families are feeling a $9000 annual increase in living expenses! Myorkous wears blinders on securing our borders! Buttigieg makes ignorant comments about Americans feeling pain and that everything should be electric. Inflation is crippling to everyone except Biden and his cronies. Our armed forces have a weak leadership problem, which puts us on a path to possible harm's way. Cancel culture needs to be eliminated and replaced with common sense! Let's reward those who show up for work and diminish the rewards for those who compromise the gift of help from taxpayers' money. Common-sense gun control in concert with mental, hardcore, felony background checks with cooperation with government information is the solution. Fix the supply chain issues! Justice for all, prosecute the criminal with zero free passes. Stop the socialistic spending, because the taxpayers can't afford the reckless, unaffordable debt. Use our oil, coal, and other resources for energy independence. I am tired of being the sucker and paying the price for the incompetence of this administration. Rekindle the values that made this the greatest country in the world. Try not to find fault, find a remedy. Vote your conscience for the flag and the country we all love!

Letter: Climate cycles have happened for billions of years

Does anyone else get tired of the media and left-wing politicians blaming every storm, flood, drought and weather event on climate change? They are trying to brain wash us into believing this is the first time these things have happened. They say this is "record heat" or "record drought." This actually means nothing.

Letter: Check out the Freedom Party

When did we start believing that the two major political parties — vehicles designed to hoard power — get to dictate our values? Weren’t values supposed to be determined by our local communities, through culture, civics and spiritual life? When did it become OK for people in our community to become spiteful and petty based on political affiliation? Our community is divided by one of the world’s great rivers but we have strong bridges that keep us a single community. How can we let politics divide us?

Letter: We need more reporting on climate change

As a reader who follows local and national news daily, I am worried about the recent extreme heat and wildfires raging across the country and abroad. I feel for people who lose their lives and livelihoods to extreme weather, and I know the drought is affecting crops in Iowa this season, as it has in recent years.

Letter: Port Byron TIF concerns

Port Byron Trustees are poised to spend a great deal of TIF money in order to comply with the EPA's mandate to lower Manganese in village drinking water. Using TIF money, in this manner, will greatly harm the Village Economic Development plans, retailers, and current Econ Dev projects underway, and indirectly harm the Riverdale School District. Currently, we have five empty storefronts, little population growth, and declining enrollment at Riverdale. Sewer/water repairs should be the responsibility of those that use the utility; not money set aside for Economic Development and growth. The current water rate is $27/month and has not changed in 13 years. Millions of TIF dollars have been spent to subsidize village water and sewer in the past 13 years. Spending more will harm not help the village. The TIF District residents generate over $1.2 million annually. Please know that some TIF residents pay in excess of $12,000 in total RE taxes ($8,000 goes to TIF) yet many TIF residents are forced to use bottled water due to E. coli in their private well water. Some TIF residents must use a Porta-Potty when their private septic systems are compromised. These same TIF residents are denied services because their TIF money is used to support repairs and upgrades. Relying predominately on TIF money to support repairs to sewer/water consumers is wrong when denying the same service to many other TIF residents in need. EPA loan rate is currently less than 2% over 20 years. I support using EPA loans and grants (if available) along with raising the water rates to actual users to remedy the current EPA water infraction; thus leaving TIF funds to support Economic Development as originally intended. Everyone wins.

Letter: Vote for good government

Good governance is ever difficult and especially so after four years of inept, norm-breaking leadership nurtured by falsehood and disinformation. So it’s pleasing that the Biden Administration is showing responsible leadership while working hard to improve the lot of the American people. Despite numerous problems and difficulties in these first 1-1/2 years, our status abroad and at home is much improved, benefiting our people and the country.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News

Baidu