- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)8
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
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