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Lawmakers must back traditional marriage

Updated: February 15, 2013 6:11AM

Lawmakers must back traditional marriage

Lawmakers cannot operate in a spiritual vacuum. Our country and constitution were based on a very firmly defined set of Judeo-Christian precepts that were meant to direct our legislative decisions.

It’s imperative that Springfield members turn to their spiritual roots as part of their decision-making process. If they do so, I think they will find that the definition of marriage is not negotiable. Marriage is between a man and a woman.

Let’s encourage Springfield to stand up for traditional marriage.

Ron Ballantyne

South Elgin

We have right be safe, with realistic gun laws

The NRA has spent millions of dollars on lobbying efforts to defeat, dilute or delay sensible gun legislation in order increase gun sales.

More assault rifles, larger capacity ammo clips, concealed handguns, gun shows and ineffective background checks — all so they can sell more weapons and make buckets of money for the manufacturers. Never mind that there are 87 gun deaths A DAY in the United States.

Now the NRA advocates teachers carrying weapons to defend students in schools. They are no budgets for teachers now. Who will pay? How about the NRA? And let’s include theaters, playgrounds, churches, malls, political rallies — all locations of frequent gun deaths. But, of course, they won’t. Nor should they, because more guns will only create more deaths, as statistics clearly demonstrate.

And if you ask a gun fanatic how banning assault weapons would affect his Second Amendment rights, like Piers Morgan did when he interviewed Alex Jones recently on CNN, it’s all about the wackos “defending” themselves from the feds. I secretly want to see one of these gun fanatics actually try to stop a SWAT team from entering a building just to demonstrate how insane this idea really is (with rubber bullets only, please).

No one is advocating taking guns away. Hunters, target shooters and collectors have a constitutional right to have their guns. But after Newtown and all the other mass shootings, can we enact realistic gun laws? Prohibit assault weapons, limit ammo clips to seven rounds, close the gun show and Internet loopholes, and enact a federally funded background check to prevent the mentally ill, criminals and terrorists from easily acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

Don’t we have a right to be safe that is more important than stretching the Second Amendment into justifying the slaughter of innocent Americans?

Tom Minnerick


Another school shooting; time to stop insanity

In Taft, Calif., we are yet again faced with yet another school shooting less than a month after the tragic events at Sandy Hook elementary.

Fortunately, this time, I don’t need to write to the victims’ families to offer my prayers for their loss.

However, this only solidifies the fact that now is the time to talk about gun control. I’m not suggesting that the government take away all firearms as that, of course, is unconstitutional.

Conversely, I’m not suggesting that we keep our current gun laws and just “enforce” the laws better, as this ineffective measure has proven completely irresponsible.

What I’m suggesting is that as a society with a common concern, we begin discussing realistic policy for gun control. Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Let’s stop the insanity and get serious about gun reform.

Erik Cuchna

Crystal Lake

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