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Forum: Blame NRA for lack of gun control

Updated: January 31, 2013 6:48AM



In the wake of the horrible elementary school shooting in Connecticut, there has been a tidal wave of human emotion calling for our government to do something to toughen gun laws.

Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association has a stranglehold on many members of Congress who will only pay lip service to any new gun legislation because the NRA is the largest lobbying organization in America and pours millions of dollars into congressional campaign funds. A recent poll of the NRA membership indicated that 71 percent of members believe gun laws should be loosened, not strengthened.

The only people who should legally have a firearm are members of law enforcement, security organizations and the United States military. The Second Amendment has been so misconstrued by the NRA that the Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

How can anyone be dumb enough to think the Second Amendment was written to cover guns that the founders could not even imagine — high-powered weapons that can fire multiple clips of ammunition in seconds?

Bill Corcoran

Chicago

High-speed rail a boondoggle

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal to spend $500 billion to build a high-speed rail system is a bad idea. I oppose it for the following reasons.

One, no matter how fast a super train goes, it can never compete with an airliner for speed. And the high-speed train can never compete with a long-distance bus for accessibility. Two, thousands of miles of unguarded rail lines are extremely vulnerable to the sabotage of pranksters and terrorists.

Three, Amtrak continues to lose money. Wasting astronomical sums of tax dollars to create a similar loser is irresponsible. Four, when the country is facing a “fiscal cliff,” pushing it over the edge with LaHood’s impractical extravaganza is insane.

Lastly, LaHood’s claim that 80 percent of Americans want to ride trains is questionable. As electric cars improve their driving range, more Americans will love to hit the open road with their cars that use little or no gas.

Train travel is a thing of the past. Mr. LaHood should look forward, not backward.

Eric Lin

Homer Glen

Obama fuels class conflict

Since President Obama took office, he has set the tone in creating class conflict. It seems like we have to punish people who make a lot of money.

They’re going to be taxed more, like that is going to solve the out-of-control spending, which is the true problem with our debt.

I think of the two oncologists who were instrumental in saving my daughter’s life. I hope they make an enormous amount of money for all their research, dedication and hard work. I hope they don’t have to keep getting penalized.

It’s not a sin to be an achiever and there is something distorted in thinking that way.

Susan Hope

Homer Glen

Disturbing factor in mass shootings

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and at other mass shootings have several things in common, including the use of assault weapons and mentally disturbed perpetrators. Another common thread in these tragedies is that the shooters were young males.

It’s time for us to recognize that young males in this country are in trouble and it may be time to implement a men’s movement similar to the women’s movement that emerged in the 1960s. A far greater percentage of young males get failing grades and have disciplinary problems in our public schools than do females.

Young males are dropping out of high school at an alarming rate and only about 40 percent of our college graduates are male. SAT scores for young males are at the lowest rate in the last 40 years. Young men are twice as likely to be living with their parents as are young women and four times more likely to commit suicide.

These statistics are nothing to scoff at. Maybe we men are too proud to admit it, and I don’t know how or why this has happened. Something is not right with young males in this country and the problem has to be addressed.

Dennis Gorecki

Orland Park



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