A National Football League fairy tale
Once upon a time there was a NFL football player….
And one day while he was at his mansion, sitting by the swimming pool during his six-month vacation, he had a thought.
“You know,” he said to himself, “I should be doing something about social injustice. Perhaps I could donate some of the millions I get paid and fund a scholarship for inner city kids; or I could give to various civil rights organizations where I used to live. Or maybe go to Chicago and try to do something about the 50 plus kids that get shot every day by other kids.
“But wait. I have a better idea. Instead of standing for the national anthem at the football games, I’ll kneel in protest. I mean it will be tough — it’ll take like three minutes a game, times 16 games and that equals, like, a lot of minutes, but I’ll do it.
“And figuratively spitting on our flag and insulting our veterans will bring us all together.
“This will be better than spending all that money or getting really involved.”
And they all lived unhappily ever after.
Time to ban ‘mass killing machines’
Thank you, thank you to letter-writer Soo Yacker Frischer for her letter of Oct. 11. More strong voices are needed to rid the country of insane weaponry.
Making it more difficult to convert semi-automatic rifles to automatic action is not the answer. No right-minded civilians need access to these horrific weapons, much less the criminals, would-be terrorists and mentally-deranged individuals among us. To those who respond that our Constitution gives them “the right to bear arms” — not to these types of mass killing machines it doesn’t. With freedom comes responsibility.
I urge Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter to support the banning of these weapons.
Criminals ignore gun laws
In your editorial of Oct. 7, you said automatic firearms are illegal. They are not. They are highly regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934.
This law was passed to keep automatic weapons out of the hands of mobsters and bootleggers. To everyone’s shock, shock, it didn’t work. Criminals continued to ignore the law.
CAREY STARK, P.E.
Gun deaths make case for female lawmakers
After reading E. J. Dionne’s column, “Why the majority doesn’t rule on guns,” the thought occurred to me that the majority in the U.S. Senate consists of the voices of 80 men vs. the voices of 20 women. That’s one of the reasons gun control never gets settled.
Other reasons are the NRA and its money, and gun owners claiming their rights with the Second Amendment. One must remember that our Constitution is a living and breathing instrument. It can be added to to correct the ills of the day like the 13th,14th and 15th Amendments, when the nation realized some of its citizens are held in bondage. It can be subtracted from like the 18th Amendment that introduced the machine gun error in some of our cities with gangsters who were selling liquor illegally because of Prohibition.
Now our country is faced with another dilemma: How to manage the sale of guns so all citizens feel safe.
Some ideas: 1) Level the gender playing field in the Senate so there is equal voices voting on national legislation. Add an addendum to the 17th Amendment that deals with the election of U.S. Senators. It would read; “There shall be two representatives sent from each state to the U.S. Senate; one being a qualified male and one being a qualified female. Grandfather in same-sex senators until election time.” 2) limit the amount of political contributions to candidates,and 3) Look at the Second Amendment and either add or subtract the number and types of guns one can own. If the first idea is implemented and we have a Senate that represents the voices of all men and women from the 50 states, then vote on whether or not to abolish the Second Amendment altogether for the greater good.
Father supports concept of ‘all-girls bastion’
Did anyone actually talk to the Boy Scouts themselves before they made the decision to admit girls into the organization?
My daughter is in a fantastic program at her school called Girls on the Run.
She learns about self-empowerment, confidence, healthy living, exercise and how to be a great young lady; she does so coddled in the security of an all-girls bastion. And quite frankly, I love that for her.
Speaking as someone who long ago was one, boys too have their awkward and insecure moments growing up. The Boy Scouts is one of those “safe spaces”’ a young man can come of age, socialize with his peer group and learn social hierarchy. All without the problematic pesky and pretty girl dynamic thrown in the pre-, post- and pubescent mixing pot. There’s plenty of opportunity for that everywhere else in the world.
I don’t consider myself a prude or even old-fashioned; I’m as socially liberal as the next guy, or girl come to that. And as the father of a beautiful, talented, and altogether awesome daughter, I want everything for my girl, but I also teach her to understand and respect the boundaries and beliefs of others. Good fences make good neighbors.
I guess the irony here is that those same folks who think they are ground breaking by pushing people into capitulating to their ideas (mainly though guilt and shaming), are the same people who talk about safe spaces on campus and get offended by every word, phrase or action possible that they deem to be politically incorrect.
Maybe it’s time for them to stop and think about how their actions can affect others at the most profound level. It’s time for the tail to stop wagging the dog.