Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Enforce the gun laws we have

EDITOR: Rather than rushing through purposely-vague “gun control” laws, aimed at eventual confiscation, we must start with proper enforcement of current law — which isn’t happening.

VP Joe Biden, perhaps in a Freudian slip, recently said something significantly disturbing: “We need more gun laws, because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have!”

Next, proceed with the idea of improving background checks, (yes, we already have them, but poorly-managed), listening very carefully to concerns of lawful gun owners, wary of the establishment of de facto ownership lists that would lead to easy confiscation.

Third, if Sidwell Friends School in Washington (where the Obama kids go) boasts 11 armed guards, plus a uniformed police officer, then surely, other schools certainly warrant at least one — not necessarily armed teachers — but dedicated security guards, with one mission. Protection.

Finally, since we are talking honestly here, make genuine improvements to the manner in which the severely mentally ill are monitored. In every recent case of a mass shooting, the perpetrator has been someone exhibiting noticeably aberrant behavior. Proper treatment and reporting of such a condition could have prevented any one of these tragedies.

These are all meaningful, effective steps, if we genuinely want to preclude such reoccurrences in the future. Isn’t that something worthy?

MICHAEL MIRO

El Dorado Hills

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 04, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Drove past another south Sac HS last week, and there was a Sac City PD cruiser parked our front. No one was shot there that day. Any questions? Good letter Michael. Don't take it personally when the lefties show up and start calling you things like "big fat dummy".

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  • rodFebruary 04, 2013 - 9:13 am

    Great suggestions, right on target. Hope it will carry some weight with our 'leaders', but kinda doubt it, they seem fixated on the big headline 'gunban' debacle. In a TV interview, Biden suggested a double barrel shotgun "would be a better home defense weapon especially when you fire both barrels". Good way to break your finger, what an ass. The whole purpose of a self defense weapon is to have a repeating capability so perp cannot determine when your weapon is empty. Good letter

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  • EvelynFebruary 04, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    "Sandyhook dad you`ll have to take my guns from my cold dead hands" - HERE - (Richard & James, please go easy on this father's "right wing extremism".)

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  • EvelynFebruary 04, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    "Another Sandy hook dad talks out about the gun grab" - HERE (Mark Matiolli's son, James, died at Sandy Hook.)

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  • James E.February 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Evelyn, I cannot comment on the father's statement, as I'm not into the pro con gun arguments (as I've said many times).

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  • EvelynFebruary 04, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    James: Wasn't asking for you to comment. But your confusion is understandable. Above, where it reads "(Mark Matiolli's son, James, died at Sandy Hook.)" James is the name of Mark Matiolli's dead son.

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  • EvelynFebruary 05, 2013 - 8:27 am

    UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, 18-28 March 2013, New York, to conclude work begun July 2012. The Treaty to establish high common standards for international trade in conventional arms. - HERE - Concerned by the misuse of weaponry around the world, civil society organizations have successfully mobilized governments and parliamentarians to call for the global regulation of the conventional arms trade.

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  • DarrinFebruary 05, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Well, enforcing the law would be a step in the right direction. I guess I am not sure which ones are not being enforced currently. Would someone please explain that? Also, I am not certain I like the idea of having armed guards at a school. While I understand that there are too many guns out there, it seems to me that less guns(availability) would decrease the need for more security. More guns begets more guns. Soon, every man, woman, and child will be armed... what happens there? Will we all feel safer? What if no one had a gun like other countries?

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  • EvelynFebruary 05, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Some fun photos, HERE. WARNING: Not suitable for vulnerable die-hards. James, not a word out of you!!!

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 05, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Evelyn.....Thanks for sharing the link...My morning just got better.....Can't stop laughing....

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  • James E.February 05, 2013 - 9:01 am

    Per Evelyn, all words have been deleted from this comment.

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  • EvelynFebruary 05, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Col: Salute when you don't say that!

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  • Tom GibneyFebruary 05, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Thanks for the laugh! What was the White HOuse thinking...? Obama shooting...? Thats a kin to my telling my friendsI am hanging out with Chris "Tingles" Mathews and Piers Moron because they're upstanding guys..HAHAHA

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  • James E.February 05, 2013 - 11:02 am

    Yes Ma'am.

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