- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
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