Thoughts & prayers ... plus legislation

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I believe that "thoughts and prayers" have been given a fair trial as a solution to our growing problem of massacres. If there is a causal relationship between thoughts and prayers and mass shootings, one would have to conclude, if anything, that thoughts and prayers are exacerbating the shootings. Even thoughts and prayers in combination with other common rituals such as linking arms, candlelight vigils, placing flowers and teddy bears at the site, marches, etc. are simply not having the desired effect of reducing gun violence. 

Perhaps some essential facet of the solution is missing.

While I would certainly not discourage continuing the above practices, I would hope we might at least try some different approaches to the problem. I am certain that banning assault weapons would be far more than could be accomplished politically, but could an attempt be made to require state licenses for gun dealers and effective universal background checks? Don't we bear some responsibility for mitigating what is becoming a common practice?

It is not easy, I grant, to discern what is absolutely in the hands of God and what God requires that we collaborate on. But I am beginning to suspect that some responsibility might be ours and we should try thoughts and prayers, etc. in combination with legislation.

Sandra Shimon

Oak Park

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Ray Simpson  

Posted: November 20th, 2017 1:27 PM

Please tell me how several new laws will be any more successful than the multiple thousands of laws that currently exist. Our courts take the line of least resistance and clear dockets, reduce court costs and show "compassion" Our society suffers for it, yet no one seems to be holding our legal system accountable. The laws we all want are there today! Start to enforce the laws today and things will be better tomorrow. The laws we have now are being honored by the vast majority of citizens.The people who we seem to anguish over do not give a hoot about civilized society, so perhaps we need to adopt tough love and clear our streets of this vermin. How about, any crime committed with a firearm automatically becomes a Federal crime, goes to Federal Court and jail time is in a Federal Pen?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 17th, 2017 12:17 AM

@ Tommy and Neal: I thought P38 was a fighter plane. You field guys were a basic bunch. I thought everyone enjoyed the can peaches.

Neal Buer  

Posted: November 16th, 2017 11:02 PM

@Brian, a P38 can opener. I liked peanut butter and 'John Wayne' crackers.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: November 16th, 2017 10:48 PM

The P 38

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 16th, 2017 10:13 PM

@ Neal Buer: If you didn't carry a bayonet, what did you use to open your field rations with?

Neal Buer from Oak Park   

Posted: November 16th, 2017 4:25 PM

@Brian. I didn't carry a bayonet with my M16 in Vietnam. My father was a BAR man in the Pacific in WW2. The officer said they were going on a night patrol and only use your bayonet if there is contact. My father said f that to the guy next to him. I think the bayonet is only useful if you run out of ammo. Just finished 'Frozen Hours' by Jeff Shaara, about the Korean War.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 15th, 2017 2:53 PM

@ Neal Buer: If you have sometime google video Col.. Chamberlins defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg and the final battle scene of "We were soliders once", Ia Drang, Vietnam, commanded by Col Hal Moore, 100 years later. Both commanders, trapped on high ground, dwindling ammunition,fatigued and probably outnumbered, ordered the exact order. "Fix bayonets" and attack, give up the defendable high ground and attack. The civil war musket and the M16 in each case went from a defense weapon to an offense/assault weapon in the blink of an order. The only difference between a defensive musket and an offensive musket, or a defensive M16 and an Offensive M16 is the head(mind), heart and hand of the person who wields the weapon.I as a gun owner will give up all my rights to any weapon that was a bayonet attachment.

Neal Buer  

Posted: November 15th, 2017 12:56 PM

How do define assault weapons? By the way they look? An assault weapon is just a semi-automatic rifle that looks like it is an automatic weapon. I don't think you can get rid of them. I would first try to outlaw copper jacketed rounds. They were made to kill people. Their isn't anything stated in the second amendment regarding ammunition limitations. Give everyone the right to bear arms, but limit the power and scope of ammunition.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 15th, 2017 10:55 AM

@ Sandra Shimon: Please expand on "an attempt be made to require state licenses for gun dealers and effective universal backround checks".

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