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Posted on Fri. Dec. 21, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

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Sen. Coats, protect 2nd Amendment rights

This is the content of an email that I have just sent to Sen. Dan Coats in regard to the terrible tragedy in Connecticut:

Today is Dec. 14, and this is a sad day with the mass murders of 20 children and 6 adults, with the alleged killer taking his own life.

But already the vultures are out and feeding, those vultures who detest the Second Amendment that gives all Americans the right to own and bear arms. Mayor Bloomburg has already vented that President Obama must do something. And then President Obama, when making his statement, being right on cue, when he threw them a not-so-subtle bone when he urged “meaningful action” on gun control.

It has already been stated that the weapons belonged to the mother of the shooter, whom he had earlier killed (with) weapons that were legally owned and registered, in accordance with Connecticut law.

Soon, President Obama or his underlings will be hammering the Senate to bring about an amendment to the Second Amendment to restrict ownership of weapons. Or, worse yet, President Obama will create and sign another executive order so as to by-pass the legal process needed to change the Constitution.

Sir, you must watch what he or his party will attempt to do, and make every resistance to them, and protect the rights of Hoosiers.

This was a terrible tragedy. However, there have been many deaths caused at one time by motor vehicles, in these massive Interstate highway crashes. Yet, does anyone call for the further restriction of the right to own and use an automobile? Or, when an airliner crashes and several hundred people are killed, is there an outcry to stop the using of airliners to transport people from place to place?

Ronald G. Ross1SG U.S. Army (retired)

Saint Joe

We need to turn from our wicked ways

Our nation mourns the murder of 26 people in Newtown, Conn. We look at this senseless slaughter and our hearts break for the families enduring such loss. Many media members question: Why? How could this happen? How could a 20-year-old kill 20 tiny, innocent children in cold blood?

The answers are obvious, really. That same media rejoiced to see God driven from the Sandy Hook Elementary School and every other public school across the nation 60 years ago. When you teach children that they are descended from apes, why are you shocked when they behave like beasts? When you tell them they should ignore their parents’ moral teaching and establish their own code, what do you do when their moral code includes murder?

Schools teach children that sex outside of marriage is great, but, if you “make a mistake,” you can abort it. When we murder 1 million children a year, what are 20 6- and 7-year-olds? How can we expect our children to value the lives of 20 other people’s children when we teach them to devalue their own children?

We drove God from our schools and our society. “Merry Christmas” is a forbidden greeting in some stores. Atheists sue to remove menorahs, manger scenes and crosses from our parks. Teachers who honor God and try to teach morality lose their jobs. Our airwaves feature sex, violence, sarcasm and obnoxiousness. We mock God’s name and wonder why we don’t have more of his blessings. Our music glorifies cop killing, violence and sex outside marriage.

Too many churches reject the truths of God’s word so that they can be relevant. Man is no longer created by God. That was just a Jewish myth. Sin? Don’t use that word. It makes people uncomfortable. We ought to make people feel good about themselves.

When you drive the love and fear of God from a society, the society doesn’t remain the same, holding onto the values taught in Jewish and Christian houses of worship. Somehow “thou shalt not kill” gets lost amid the music, the video games, the TV shows and the movies. When society attacks the value of life, it invites people to value death. When you teach children that the greatest moral good is recycling and the environment, why should some of them care about the lives of 26 people who may pollute the environment? The Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, North Korea and Cuba have shown us what happens to nations that reject God: They slaughter people.

The answer is old-fashioned and quaint. We need to humble ourselves before God, turn from our wicked ways, pray, seek God’s face and obey his Word. Once we value the God of life, our children will value the lives of others.

Debbie W. Wilson

Huntington


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