Be reasonable when restricting gun rights
When I try to reason why the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, or any of the other public-place shootings took place, I deplore what happened. What I am trying to do is reason how we can resolve and solve the use of guns for all people.
From the beginning of recorded civilization the individual has had to defend and protect himself. The gun has always been a tool that, when used properly, has given us opportunity to put food on our table and protect ourselves and our property.
The rational individual wants to have firearms for gaming and protection. The Constitution gives us that right. When the government takes away our privilege to own guns, they leave the individual vulnerable and defenseless. A rational individual may kill another by accident, but not with malice or intent. Therefore, the government needs to take into consideration the individual's need to own firearms.
When the individual turns to crime as a means of meeting his needs - money, objects or even drugs - the criminal sometimes goes from fisticuffs to guns. Using the gun achieves results much faster. Of crimes committed by gangs or drug lords, which happens on a daily basis in any large city in the United States, guns have been used as the extended arm of the criminal.
Crimes committed by the mentally deranged are more emotional. These persons target any and all people. No warning. No reason. When this type of personality has been identified as dysfunctional or deterministic, they are no longer considered rational. Perhaps it would be smart to hospitalize the identified confused individual until their medication is adjusted to meet their needs, protecting society. It should be understood when the person's behavior has stabilized they would again be filtered back into society.
Let us reason together. The cause is using a gun irresponsibly. The effect is killing an innocent person.
Handle the criminal in a manner which is dictated by law. Identify and treat the mentally ill. Let those who do not exhibit criminal nor illusive behavior keep their firearms.
When we attack the problem of gun control, let us understand that guns do not kill. People kill. But not all people kill. We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union for all people, wish to maintain our firearms to provide for and maintain our lifestyle and to protect ourselves.
Mary W. Trotter
Cuts will cause economic disaster
A couple of months of austerity is the cure for an individual's excessive Christmas spending.
However, national economics is more complicated. Each individual's spending is someone else's income. The level of spending determines business activity, GDP and in turn both business and consumer confidence.