Seeking full justice
So people are angered over the killings of innocent children in Newtown and other places around the USA? Well, I am angered over the judicial system, which continues to let these leeches on society finagle a way out of serving life in prison or even getting the death penalty after they killed some innocent person they did not like or wanted to rob.
I lost a very dear friend 10 years ago, just a couple of days before Christmas, to an ex-convict who came to rob him as he was closing his office. Jerry was an excellent marksman and a veteran. The killer, who was let out of prison just the day before so he could be with his family, had gone on the streets of Tampa and obtained a gun to force his way of life on someone who knew how to shoot and kill. But in the exchange of gunfire the low-life got one shot into Jerry before Jerry pumped him with enough bullets to take him and his 17-page rap sheet out so he would never be a bother to society again. The horror of this is that Jerry died, too, protecting his co-worker.
And one morning last week I read where an ex-convict ambushed and set fire to a car and a home!
You want gun control? I want full justice serviced. I say vote for legislators who believe in inmates serving the full time in prison and quit treating them like it is our fault that they are like they are. Take up for the victims of crime and maybe even go back to old "Sparky" for executions. And quit spending our tax money on lawyers for those long-drawn-out appeals.
It begins in the home
I appreciated your Christmas editorials, especially on Jesus ("The Christmas miracle," Our Views) and the letter by Dale F. Gruver of Tampa ("Restore families," Your Views).
More laws will not make our nation safe. Neither will placing guns in the hands of those who have no moral sense of the dignity of human life. The bureaucracies created to enforce laws display the dysfunction inherent in large agencies, and sometimes abuse their authority to the point of harm to innocent persons. As for armed persons who act without conscience, the results have too often appeared on the front page of your newspaper.
Firearms are tools many use for recreation and defense of our persons, our homes and, if need be, our country. Teaching the proper use of a firearm remains the responsibility of parents, family elders and community leaders. Without the support of experienced adults, children will turn to questionable means to learn the nature of small arms. Gun use, in this respect, resembles any other human behavior.
Gun control begins in the home, not in Washington. Perhaps if we allow the influence of our Lord a bit more in our homes and communities, then we might hear more stories of successful hunts, tighter groups on targets and more busted clays, and less stories of murder and mayhem.
Sad day in Florida
I was both shocked and saddened to learn of Bill McBride's untimely death. Indeed, it's a sad day in Florida when the state loses one of its own. By all appearances, McBride was easy to like, with his winsome smile. I voted for McBride when he ran against Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002 and was disappointed in his loss. There's no doubt in my mind he would have been an excellent governor. My deepest condolences to McBride's family.
JoAnn Lee Frank
The writer of the letter "Military service counts" (Your Views, Dec. 26) blamed the lack of military service by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the loss of four Americans in Benghazi. He states this never would have happened during the administration of President Ronald Reagan because Reagan and Secretary of State Alexander Haig had military experience.
Apparently, the writer was not around in 1983. That April, the American embassy in Beirut was bombed, with the loss of 46 lives. Despite this attack, no action was taken to protect the nearby U.S. Marine barracks.
On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 American servicemen were killed, most in their beds, when a truck bomb destroyed that building. The meager fence around the building was unfortified, and the sentries' weapons were carried unloaded.
Two hundred and twenty of the dead were Marines — the deadliest one-day loss for the corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Reagan was president. Haig had left office, but it was he who, upon the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, had proclaimed from the White House that "I am in charge here," not knowing that an amendment to the Constitution left the secretary of state no longer next in the traditional line of succession after the vice president. And by the way, civilian supremacy over military action is a cornerstone of our republic.
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