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  • not wastingtime
    3:21am - Wed Jul 25th, 2012
    I will always support the right to own guns. The massacre in Colorado was horrific and, as usual, resulted in an outcry against guns.
    But little note was given to the Ford F250 crew cab pickup truck that crashed into two trees in Texas. It was loaded with 23 people! Hard to imagine. At least 11 of those people were killed.
    I have not heard anyone cry out that Ford F250 crew cab pickup trucks should be banned.
    Both incidents involved people making stupid decisions.
    People will always make stupid decisions.
    This fact cannot be outlawed or legislated against.
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  • Marmike600
    11:28am - Wed Jul 25th, 2012
    Good Morning,
    I generally agree with your submissions for the Core Values segment on WTOP in the afternoon. I listen to you every day and switch it to WTOP specifically to listen to you. Yesterday, however, I think you may have put a bit of tarnish on my view of you.

    Criminals and people with ill intent will always find a way to harm large numbers of people, regardless of gun laws. With all due respect to the victims of the Aurora tragedy and their families, I must say that James Holmes could have killed and injured a similarly large quantity of people by detonating an explosive inside the theater (which he apparently was knowledgeable enough to do), crashing his car into a crowd, blocking the exits in the theater and then starting a fire (like the Happy Land Fire), or simply buying more potent illegal weapons from a black market dealer.

    There are more than 300,000,000 guns in the United States. We are beyond the point of no return. Even if all guns were banned or some were selectively prohibited due to certain characteristics, criminals would still be able to acquire them. Did Prohibition eliminate alcohol consumption in the United States? NO. Restricting alcohol only empowered the thugs in our society. Gun control would have the same effect. Disarming millions of law-abiding citizens - or, in other words, more than 40% of Americans - because of the senseless acts of a relatively small number of idiots would be as idiotic as murder itself. Criminals who are already breaking the law will not abide by regulations about guns. Did Seung-Hui Cho care that Virginia Tech is a "gun-free zone"? No; he barged in and killed 32 innocent people. The students that he victimized did care about the law and followed it. For this reason, no one there had the means of defending him- or herself. Who did the "gun-free zone" in this case help?

    The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms; this is a natural and fundamental right. The Second Amendment is not about "hunting." It does not specify that civilian-owned weapons should meet "sporting purposes" only. Many are focusing on the amount of ammo that "Should" be had. I compete in rifle shooting competitions. I frequently go through a thousand rounds in one sitting. Keeping and bearing arms is essential as a defense against both tyranny and crime.

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Sometimes, an independent person needs to be able to defend him- or herself. The government cannot protect you at all times and it cannot protect you forever.

    I am proud to be a gun owner and proud to exercise that right. If I ever find myself in a situation where an active shooter is opening fire, if I can stop his rampage and save lives by using my gun, if I have a clear shot at the murderer, if I can intervene without harming anyone else ... I will do so in a heartbeat, and that is a Coll Value.

    Michael Coll
    Corporal / USMC
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  • obxfshr
    10:12pm - Thu Jul 26th, 2012
    Guns versus the people that use them

    I listen to you everyday and even download your spot in iTunes when I miss it live. I appreciate the thought and consideration you give to the items you cover


    Your comments about guns is completely off base in my opinion. Saying that we don't need X gun because it shoots Y amount of ammo in its magazine is like saying that we don't need V8's in our cars when a 4 cylinder will do, or that we don't need a Apple MacBook Air when a simple netbook will do.

    All of the above are subject to supply and demand. As long as their is a demand, there will be a supply. Obviously there is a huge demand for EBRs (evil black rifles) these days. The simple fact remains that we cannot legislate evil away and its the very fact that evil men exists is justification and cause to have the very same guns to stop them.

    The great Col Jeff Cooper once said, “The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”

    Thank you

    Bristow, VA
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