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Forum: Must ban assault rifles

Updated: January 21, 2013 4:06PM



I agree that everyone has the right to own a gun for hunting or self-defense. However, I need the National Rifle Association and others in the gun lobby to explain to me why anyone needs a military-style assault rifle. Isn’t it a fact that these guns are designed to kill people?

Because of the shootings at the grade school in Connecticut, will the NRA and its members finally admit that these kinds of semiautomatic guns are meant only to kill people and should be outlawed?

And don’t give me your pat answer that guns don’t kill people, people do.

If these rifles with such firepower were outlawed, these incidents of carnage would be less likely to occur.

I wait for the NRA to respond. I don’t think that will happen.

Karl Schaeflein

Matteson

Must fight street violence

I find it incomprehensible how anyone can be so deranged as to shoot little kids in their school. I watched in total bewilderment the news reports about the tragic event in Connecticut and saw photos of those pretty little faces of the victims. I can’t stop asking myself, why? Mental illness is so awfully confusing and elusive.

Yet we in the Chicago area experience carnage on a daily basis with firearms. Gang members and drug dealers indiscriminately shoot at each other, mostly missing and killing innocent bystanders. They have little or no respect for life.

Little, if anything, is done about it, because of the code of silence within many of the city’s neighborhoods. Residents fear gang revenge if they call police. They’re aided by parents who have poorly supervised or neglected their children or even abused them.

In Chicago, residents have to accept responsibility for their inaction. It will never get better without a total change of mindset.

Bob Pritchard

Hickory Hills

Reach out to others this season

During the holiday season, there is typically a lot of talk about spending time with family and other loved ones. Many people get together to share meals, exchange gifts, attend church services and other holiday events.

All of this is, of course, very nice, but for some people, holidays can actually be a painful time, particularly from a relationship standpoint. The emphasis on relationships at this time of year is an unwelcome reminder for some, and their loneliness is magnified.

I don’t write this letter to put a damper on your festivities. I truly hope you’re experiencing joy and happiness, and I’m all in favor of festivities! However, it seems reasonable to encourage all of us to take a moment to think about folks we may know who could be included in our holiday celebrations.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we reached out a hand of friendship, fellowship and love to a neighbor or co-worker or other friend and helped them feel appreciated and to experience a little extra joy? Thinking of others is surely in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.

Dan Marler

First Church of God

Oak Lawn



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