Monday, Jan. 7, 2013: Gun laws, snow fences and God

Posted Jan. 06, 2013, at 9:47 a.m.

Creating more laws is not the answer

Since the horrific massacre recently in Connecticut, much has been written about the need for more gun control, and after reading Samuelson Shain’s article, I finally have to respond to several points he made.

Nobody is suggesting that teachers be required to walk around with exposed guns on their hips as he implied, but those who choose to — and had proper training — could have the option of carrying concealed.

Shain is worried that the same people blaming the poor troubled humans who commit mass murder are concerned about dealing with their mental health problems. Talk about offensive stereotyping.

Over and over I hear: Why does anyone need a 39 magazine for deer hunting? First of all, we don’t, and it isn’t even legal to hunt with one.

There are many different forms of shooting sports, and many of them involve firing a number of rounds accurately in the shortest time possible.

Bad people will be bad people and will always find a way. There’s nothing that happened in any of these brutal mass shootings that is not already illegal by multiple tiers of redundant laws. And there’s no law that a deranged criminal won’t break.

More gun laws will only further infringe on the rights of those who will obey them.

Chris Kravitt

Waltham

Reed’s contribution

I just read the BDN story about Rep. Roger Reed’s contribution to his son’s basketball team. Of course I remembered that he was forced to choose between doing his legislative work or continuing as head coach of Bangor’s basketball team.

Although he stated he could be loyal to both responsibilities, and mind you he is a very experienced person, that was not a choice offered. It is clear from this recent news story that Reed has not missed a practice or a game since the basketball season began. It is therefore clear that he could have done what he said he could do. Bangor’s loss is Hermon’s gain.

Kathryn Merrithew

Bangor

Snow fence idea

Snow fences could drastically reduce the drifting snow on roads adjacent to open fields. A roll-up, cedar-strip-and-wire picket fence would take up little storage in the city or town yard during the summer months but could play a significant, low-maintenance role in keeping some rural roads much safer during the ski season.

Installed parallel to the street, a few hundred feet from the road, the snow fence will create an “eddy,” where the blowing snow will collect. Consequently, less snow reaches the road. Check it out.

Tim Schuck

Glenburn

Church and state questions

In the Rhonda Loncto’s letter on Jan. 3, she states that “God is banned from our classrooms and most public places.”

It is my understanding that an all-powerful, everywhere-present and all-knowing God is not and cannot be banned from anywhere.

If God is as all encompassing as is generally thought, then that presence was right there at Sandy Hook, the World Trade Center, Columbine and many other places of atrocity.

God is either everywhere or nowhere.

We often witness parents at these horrific massacre scenes thanking God that their child was spared.

Question: At Sandy Hook, how did God choose which children to save and which ones to allow to be slaughtered?

Loncto also writes that the “separation of church and state” is a false premise. Let me quote one of our founding fathers, James Madison, in saying “the purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”

Article 6, Section 3 of the Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

This gives equal status to believers and nonbelievers alike and ensures that no religion can proclaim to be the official or national religion of our country.

Loncto says that her “God is awesome.” This may be so, but his radical followers have no business dictating the law of the land.

William Moores

Old Town

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/06/opinion/letters/monday-jan-7-2013-gun-laws-snow-fences-and-god/ printed on September 18, 2014