To those who earnestly believe that outlawing guns will end gun violence, let me ask this question. Did the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” put an end to drinking in America?
While you are thinking of the answer to that question, I am going to go make myself a single-malt scotch and water. Can I get you anything while I am up?
Youths to be commended for treatment of animals
To the editor:
Berkeley County can be proud of its younger generation and how they treat companion animals. On Sunday, Aug. 5, a number of young people participated in the pet competition program at the youth fair. Dogs were put through their paces, showing how well they walk on a leash, performing tricks they were taught and competing in four other events.
We need to support young people who show care and compassion for animals in their midst. Animal Advocates of West Virginia (www.animaladvocateswv.com) applauds these youngsters and invites them and their families to join us in protecting animals and promoting the humane care and treatment of them through education and advocacy.
Ginnie R. Maurer
Animal Advocates of West Virginia
Falling Waters, W.Va.
Senseless violence is the price we pay for a free society
To the editor:
Gun possession is legal in Colorado. In spite of this, the Aurora Theater banned patrons from entering with their licensed and legal concealed weapons. It seems obvious to me that if even one moviegoer that night had been armed with their privately owned and licensed pistol, the massacre could have been halted in its tracks. Gun “control” in that theater, on that night, aided the criminal and hampered the victims by creating a “target-rich environment” that could not fight back.
Gun control proponent Dianne Feinstein offered her wisdom by stating that those who might have had concealed weapons with them that night would have caused a “bloodbath” and many people would have been shot in the “crossfire.” Huh? Did I hear that right? Excuse me, Ms. Feinstein, but you missed something. It WAS a bloodbath. And it happened precisely because only the killer was armed, and dozens were killed and wounded because there was no “crossfire.”
The price we pay for having a free society in which an individual has the right and the capacity to protect himself or herself against hostile attacks is the occasional eruption of senseless violence. It is a tradeoff that we make, much like we do in our mass use of the automobile, wherein reckless drivers kill many more people during the course of a year than do guns, in spite of all the licensing and testing and regulation that legal driving requires.
Merl E. Rinehart