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February 1, 2013

MAIL CALL: There’s no easy solution to reducing gun crime

Athens — From 1800 to December 31, 2012, there were 148 reported violent incidents in schools.

Weapons such as handguns, shotguns, rifles, knives, explosives and even a bow and arrow were used. There were nine firearm accidents. Students perpetrated 98 of the incidents.

In 10 of the cases, the perpetrators were school employees/teachers. Outsiders and unknown individuals filled in the rest.

Maybe the NRA could be correct in recommending police or screened guards at the schools. Teachers could be armed, but no one should be forced to carry a weapon. An alarm button could be installed in each classroom.

A statistic that was alarming was the number that committed suicide. A clue for the 45 suicides is the number that were taking prescription drugs. Luvox, Amitiriptyline, Thorazine, Prozac, Ritalin, Anafrenil, Valium, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and Lithium to name a few.

Every SSRI antidepressant sold has a FDA Black Box warning — increased rates of suicidal thinking and behavior.

Parents should have secured their weapons, and if they fail to do so, should be held responsible. Will doctors be willing to violate doctor/patient confidentiality and register patients with the Federal NIC system? HIPA will also get involved.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 prohibited the manufacture of certain semi-automatic firearms and high capacity magazines. FBI statistics reveal no significant decrease in assault weapon crimes.

Magazine manufacturers were restricted to 10 round magazines. Who did this hurt? Our soldiers were hurt.

They needed replacement 30- round return springs for their magazines, but the manufacturers only had 10-round springs. They enemy doesn’t have this problem.

Reducing firearm crimes and killings is not a simple solution by any means. Timely research and facts — not emotion — should be used.

Richard Koziol

Star Harbor

Is there any question

why society is so violent?

In case someone missed the film review for the movie “Resident Evil: Retribution” in the Guide section, page 17, of the Dallas Morning News last Friday, January 25, 2013, allow me to share. 

The movie is rated F (the lowest possible rating) with the following review: “This fifth entry in the series was No. 1 at the box office on its debut weekend, despite its feeble dialogue and weak acting. The violence is impersonal, gory and nonstop.”

Rated F, feeble dialogue, weak acting, violence, gory, nonstop and yet this film is No. 1 at the box office! This should not surprise, as violence on public theater screens has become prevalent in our society.                                   

We are now a society where children’s entertainment, for many, includes video games where winning is defined by how many people or creatures or things a player can kill and extra points are awarded when the killing is by the most hideous means.

All is well until violence becomes headlines with incidents of mayhem by deranged individuals in theaters, schools, and other public places. Then Hollywood, politicians in Washington D.C., much of the main stream media, and liberals everywhere rush to blame the violence on gun ownership and the availability of guns.

Our 2nd Amendment rights are again under attack from all the noisemakers mentioned above.  One only needs to study the historical cycle involving democracy and tyranny to realize that we give up these rights at our own peril.  

I believe the greatest change in our society over the last 60 years is its moral decay, where elements of instant gratification, anything goes, something for nothing, you owe me and I want it free and forever has become a way of life for far too many.  Could this be a contributing cause of today’s violence?  

Sixty years ago, we did not have these frequent incidents of public violence when gun ownership was as common as it is today.

Bud Henry


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