Guns, Palin divide readers

Posted Nov. 19, 2009, at 5:43 p.m.

This week, ClickBack sought editorial page reader comments on gun issues, the spousal abuse defense and Sarah Palin.

Will there be a new push for gun control?

Gun ownership should be easy for American citizens. This is one of the most important rights we have. Kennesaw, Ga., has a “gun required” law and its crime rate has drastically dropped since it was enacted. We cannot, as a nation, allow this right to erode any further.

mAiniAc

Forget al-Qaida, I’ve been shot at while unarmed on three separate occasions by my fellow American yahoos. Bradycampaign.org states that “the risk of homicide is three times higher in homes with firearms.

Wyattburp

There is always a “push for gun control.” So far, the push back by honest gun-owning citizens has been stronger.

HarryHSnyderIII

I do believe that there are entirely too many people running around with concealed weapons legally.

patom1

Is the spousal abuse defense being abused?

Is this about [Amber Cummings of Belfast] protecting herself or is it about protecting the country? Did she accept the abuse until her husband was actively moving to build a dirty bomb? I agree the spousal abuse argument is used too often. [There are] too many ways of getting out of an abusing situation, so it should not be a reason for complete leniency.

mAiniAc

Let’s say this particular woman reported her husband to the police. He is arrested, charged, out on bail within 24 hours, and has a restraining order in place to prevent contact with the woman. Do you really think this man is going to abide by a restraining order? Or is he going to be so full of rage at his wife that he goes after her and-or her family? I don’t doubt that the woman believed she had no other way to protect herself or her family than to act as she did. A restraining order is worthless.

julieh777

Spousal abuse is a lot more prevalent than most people realize; many of the abused may feel it’s their fault or may be embarrassed to press charges. It would not be unusual for the abuse to go on for a number of years before anything is done; sometimes it’s manslaughter, more often not. If recent cases (the past two years) are any example, then the killing has been justified.

LarrySG

If a wife can kill her husband because he’s an abusive, right wing racist, can Glenn Beck ever go to sleep again in his own home in complete safety? Amber Cummings could be starting a trend that leaves some Republican opinion-makers at risk!

Fausto

Will Sarah Palin’s ‘rogue’ wave crash?

She is far more qualified to be president than Obama was. She has held leadership roles where he has never held one until his election to the presidency. I still feel she is vastly unqualified though. We need to take a look at what this country really stands for and elect someone who stands for those ideals.

MAiniAc

I didn’t vote for the Republican ticket last year because of Palin. I’m a Republican, but we have no shot at the White House if this is the best that we have to offer.

MaineSurvivor2

Sarah Palin is the perfect candidate for today’s Republican Party to nominate for the presidency in 2012. A party that doesn’t believe in government is a perfect match for a candidate who is unfit to govern. Going Rogue is written by a ghost-writer who can’t write for an audience that can’t read to explain the thoughts of a candi-date who can’t think.

Fausto

I like Sarah Palin. I think she’s more honest than most politicians; I don’t think she is really thinking of running for president for she knows she couldn’t win. She will be a popular speaker and earn a lot of money in the next two years. She’s a beautiful woman and I think she loves her family very much.

joesalters

Though her devotees are fierce, they are insufficient in number. For that, I am thankful.

muguet

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