Friday, Dec. 21, 2012: Bin Laden, gun control and Newtown

Posted Dec. 20, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.

Myths right, wrong

Christmas season is here again with excitement, shopping and the release of Hollywood movies expected to benefit from the holiday spending spree.

This year, there is a new movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

That’s appropriate since bin Laden has taken on mythical proportions for our national identity, almost like Santa Claus represents Christmas. Santa Claus’ mythical quality is that well, he’s a myth. Bin Laden’s is based on the fact that he denied the 9/11 attacks, was never accused of them by the FBI, and is now unavailable to tell his story.

On Sept. 16, 2001, CNN quoted bin Laden as saying, “I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks, which seem to have been planned by people for personal reasons.”

In 2006, FBI spokesman Rex Tomb said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11,” and, “Bin Laden has not been formally been charged in connection to 9/11.”

In 2008, Time magazine’s intelligence columnist, former CIA officer Robert Baer, doubted the authenticity of a video that claimed to show bin Laden admitting to the attacks. He suggested that bin Laden was already dead and wrote that “President-elect Barack Obama has no real choice but to revitalize the search for him, if only for political considerations.”

Myths are powerful, but they usually get the facts wrong.

Roger Carpentter

Farmingdale

NRA member: Enough

I have written this letter several times in the past. But now, to the question of “When is the Time?” (to address the gun violence issue), my answer is “What more does it take?”

All of the mass shootings around the country have had two common denominators. Mental health issues and high-capacity gun magazines.

Since our Congress won’t even vote for regular health care, (Obamacare) the probability of having increased mental health care in our country right now is about zero.

Restricting the ownership and use of high-capacity magazines is doable. Gun law restrictions passed in 1938 restricted ownership of sawed off shotguns, machine guns, bazookas, etc. High-capacity magazines can be, and should be, placed in that category.

My deer hunting rifle is restricted by law to five rounds. The duck shotgun is restricted to three rounds. The expired Brady Law restricted all magazines to 10 rounds. I was OK with that.

I fully believe that the 20 or 30 round clips should be restricted to military or police use.

The excuse given that “we the people” need our military style weapons to overthrow “tyranny” by the federal government is too far from reality. In my lifetime, we have used our vote to change the government and I can’t see that changing.

I would gladly give up my right to own high-capacity magazines if it saved a single innocent life.

Larry Ferrell

Gun Owner, NRA Life member

Newport

A moment of silence

So many people on Facebook have been wanting to show their love, support and grief with Newtown, Conn., on a larger scale but didn’t know what to do.

After President Barack Obama’s speech, I felt that I needed to at least make an attempt to bring the nation together to show this town how much they are loved and supported without any political, religious or personal agenda.

I created the event “Newtown, CT Moment of Silence.” The event has people posting silence in parenthesis (SILENCE) as their Facebook status at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

I strongly believe that it’s about time that we the people take charge and start rebuilding this country from a standpoint of treating others how we wish to be treated. I do not want my son and the next generations to be fostered into growing up in a fear-based world, but in a love-based world where we don’t label, we do care about each individual and as my son puts it, we all get along.

I know that it won’t happen overnight. I know that it won’t happen due to a loving gesture to a grief stricken town, but it needs to start somewhere. I hope that you feel the same and can somehow help promote this.

Deborah Jewett-Chretien

Holden

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