Friday, August 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Gun laws inevitable

By
From page A5 | January 28, 2013 |

EDITOR: If you are a devoted gun owner who is frightened that the government will take your guns away, you should enter the sane debate on “gun safety.” If you believe that we are going to ignore the frequent killings of children and adults, you are deceiving yourself.

Important Subscriber Update

We will be switching to a new online subscription service on Tuesday, August 5th. If you are already a subscriber with login access to MtDemocrat.com you will need to re-register under the new service. This will not affect your bill. Please take the time today to click "Subscriber Verification" to verify your subscription with us and continue your access to MtDemocrat.com before the new service takes over.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and continued support while we make this transition.

- Mountain Democrat

1-Month Access
Subscriber Verification
Help?

President Obama has been too tolerant of the gun ownership. He, and Congress, will be pressured to act in response to wide public demand. We know, this will not immediately solve the problem, but that is no reason not to start some kind of serious gun control. It is coming. You can run out and buy all the guns you like now; the law permits it. At some point you will feel uncomfortable living next to neighbors who frown on gun ownership. They will be a little ahead of you, “more evolved,” as some of us say.

I learned this lesson as a schoolboy in the 1950s. Then our choice of weapon was a pea shooter. Anyone remember those? We had trouble controlling our urge, so we annoyed the teacher until the predictable point where she confiscated all the pea shooters. Any adult would have seen that coming. Of course we protested, but she would firmly point out that we had exceeded her limit of classroom disruption.

I know that sounds pretty harmless by today’s standard. It was an enduring life lesson. You are either part of the solution, or you are part of the problem. If you are a law-abiding gun owner, you have the responsibility to speak up. You need to tell the NRA to give up its nasty campaign to defend the indefensible. Tell your friends to seriously reflect on the responsibilities of gun ownership. The kind of heated talk we hear from the NRA and angry gun owners will end badly for them.

When more kids are mutilated, an armed teacher accidentally shoots a student, a neighbor has to tell that police he was certain the young man was reaching for a weapon, school guards are killed as a nut gains entry to the campus; then a public line will finally be drawn. It is inevitable. Even our sheriff would like to itch your gun finger.

Join the many concerned citizens. The last thing we want is your guns. What we would like is your serious ideas and your efforts to end the slaughter. We all have some kind of “mental issue.” You don’t want to be denied legal gun registration because your name appears on a list. You will not want to tell a therapist about your anger. Please, join us.

ASHLEY BLINN
Cameron Park

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

Sand Fire 95% contained

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Cameron Park house burns

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Supes delay petition

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Two fires in town

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

Missing the point

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
The weekly Daley: The wrong side of history

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Olives need less water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
EID rate discrimination

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Second Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Pollock Pines’ Fourth of July Parade

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Water conservation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Koby

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Debt reduction at EID with Coco?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Time for change in CP

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

.

Sports

Camp draws good numbers

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A9

 
Racing returns with big 5-division card

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A9

Roundup: July 31, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Prospecting

Sing while you paint

By Placerville Arts Association | From Page: B1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
The making of a champion

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B2

Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B3

 
‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

By Ovation Stage | From Page: B4

Guitar group performs in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B5

 
Time to register for classes at Center Stage

By Center Stage Dance Academy | From Page: B5

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

By Sutter Creek | From Page: B8

 
Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B8

The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

By News Release | From Page: B8

 
Sacramento Museums are celebrating

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B9

 
.

Essentials

Weather stats

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 17-19

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Larry A. Randall

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Mark A. Smith

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Patsy Ruth Wing

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

 
Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

 
Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23

 
.

Comics

.

Home Source

Decorating your home by the numbers

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

Avoiding the deal killers

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Luxury home sales jump

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Pending home sales decrease in June

Press Release | From Page: HS13

Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

Press Release | From Page: HS17

Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

Press Release | From Page: HS23