- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Thankful people: Marble Hill woman been through much and remains thankful (11/24/16)
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)4
- Light Christmas: Thousands gather to view Parade of Lights (11/28/16)5
U.S. has morality, not gun problem
No one can forget the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., last year in which a total of 38 lives were taken. Those horrific events will be etched in our minds for some time. But now we see what amounts to another emotional knee-jerk reaction by those who seek to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns. Not that I'm trying to diminish the tragedy of the shootings, because I'm not. What I am doing is pointing out that no sooner does an incident like these occur than the anti-gun lobby jumps into their frenzied mode, demanding more restrictions on guns.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a licensed gun owner herself, introduced a new bill to ban certain semi-automatic guns, magazines with ammo capacities exceeding 10 rounds, and any number of other guns or the like. New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill banning magazines holding more than seven rounds of ammo. Shotguns and rifles with a pistol grip? Also banned in the Empire State. President Obama signed a bill including 23 executive orders to limit gun rights.
What's wrong with all this? It fails to answer or resolve the problem. We don't have a gun problem in America; we have a lack-of-morality problem, an "anything goes" problem. The good guys, who stand up for what's right, are demonized; the bullies and other bad guys are allowed to hurt others -- and get away with it. That is the real problem; solve it first.
TONY REDDICK, Jackson