We live in a society that glamorizes violence.
Jamie Foxx is shown in a commercial for “Django Unchained,” a Quentin Tarentino movie, telling a bound man as he kills him; “I like the way you die, Boy!” I guess that violence in the movies is just cool if it has a great sound track and edgy actors.
The popular video games, Call of Duty and Battlefield 3, are of the most violent. These games are known as First Person Shooters. But when you think about it two and be honest with ourselves these games are combat simulators.
NASA used to train the flight crew for the Space Shuttle with flight simulators. It would seem logical that if NASA can use a simulator to train shuttle pilots these “games” can be used to train killers.
The idea that a prohibition on semi-automatic weapons would solve the violence problem in America is a feel-good measure that will be of little benefit, if any at all.
As we know, the Wehrmacht and the SS were not very likely to arm their enemy. During World War II, Russian partisans used empty vodka bottles, a thickened fuel, and a lit rag against German tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry on the steppes, streets and back alleys.
It was a very effective improvised weapon that killed and demoralized scores of German soldiers.
A person bent on taking the lives of innocent people for their own sick sense of righteousness can, with very little work, build deadly improvised weapons just like the Russian partisans.
We saw improvised explosives used by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City a few years ago. He used normal household chemicals and a rented truck for his evil cause, a firearm would not have the effect and make his statement.
His perverse idea of justice claimed 167 innocent lives.
There is only one person who is to blame for the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.; that is Adam Lanza. He alone killed innocents.
Responsible gun owners are not the ones who are causing the tragedies we see today. Blanket bans and increased regulations on those citizens will not have an appreciable effect on gun violence or keep guns out of the hands of mentally unbalanced people.
We can keep weapons out of the hands of people with mental difficulties only when doctors are required to report those patients they feel are a threat to themselves or others to the appropriate authorities.
If the family members have reason to be concerned over a person’s mental health, shouldn’t any weapons held in the household be secured in a safe or storage locker?
It would seem to me that taking those actions would be part of any due diligence one should take if they were contemplating conservatorship or other legal actions for that person.
Shouldn’t personal responsibility extend here as well? Shouldn’t the psychiatrists and legal professionals recommend this type of action? This was a safety issue that sadly was not contemplated.
I can forgive Mrs. Lanza, as she had a cross to bear that many of us cannot comprehend, but I cannot forgive the doctors and lawyers. They should have known better and asked, “What if ... ?”
In this sad chapter of American history we need to remember that the simplest weapons are often the most dangerous. Any tool is only as dangerous as the person behind that tool.
A few lowly box cutters, just a common tool you and I have in our toolbox, have killed more Americans in one day than any other weapon in recent history.
That wretched day was Sept. 11, 2001.
We live in a society that glamorizes violence.
Celebrate Earth Day every day: Reduce, reuse and recycle
April 1 marked the beginning of April Envi- ronmental Education Month in Maryland — and with Earth Day coming up on April 22, Maryland has much to celebrate.
Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift
While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.
Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man
I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.
It’s a secret
Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.
What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?
Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.
Which approach to the school makes sense?
What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.
H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June
Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.
Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking
I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.
Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for
The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”), I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.
Translations differ, but the message is eternal
This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).
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