Repeal 2nd Amendment – and 4th, too

To the editor:

I have been in the military, I’ve been a policeman, I have a concealed weapon permit and I’ve carried a firearm for 40 years. As a result of Friday’s Connecticut school shooting, I am now willing to give up my guns and rescind the Second Amendment to our Constitution.

The gun nuts in our country won’t even discuss something as simple as having background checks at gun shows, much less restrict the size and scope of firearms. It’s time to pick them all up. All of them.

I’m willing to allow police to be the only people allowed to be armed, and to give them the power to stop and search anybody at any time, and to get warrants to search any home. I want the penalty of owning or carrying a weapon to be life in prison. And I don’t want any further discussion on that. The time has come.

Jerry Sturdivant

Las Vegas

Go the other direction

To the editor:

Disarming America is not the solution to gun violence. It would be virtually impossible to confiscate every weapon in our country, and criminals will get guns no matter what. What we are doing, with all of the talk and action about gun control, is disarming the good guys. This is a mistake.

We should be going in the opposite direction – making it easier for law-abiding citizens to obtain and carry weapons. There would be fewer mass shootings if deranged individuals believed there is a possibility that someone might shoot back.

Roger Witcher

Las Vegas

States as serfs

To the editor:

In response to “Sandoval does right thing in expanding Medicaid,” (Steve Sebelius’ Friday column):

The Wall Street Journal reports that while 13,000 pages of state program regulations have been published (so far), state governments are making decisions based on a 17-page question and answer document that is not legally binding and is being changed on the fly.

The Department of Health and Human Services has, for example, ordered states to stop combining applications for multiple poverty programs with ObamaCare, reducing administrative efficiency. HHS, with its non-negotiable demands, treats states less like partners and more like serfs.

Meanwhile, 18 Democratic senators are revolting against ObamaCare taxes because the levies threaten the financial well-being of the medical industries within their states.

It’s becoming obvious that the cost and complexity of ObamaCare were deliberately underestimated and its benefits wildly exaggerated. Gov. Brian Sandoval has positioned Nevada to suffer the consequences when costs explode and the poor don’t get the care they were promised.



Bad argument

To the editor:

What a wonderfully detailed commentary by Thomas McAffee in Sunday’s Viewpoints section, supporting same-sex marriage.

What a great example of tunnel vision. Bad opinions take a lot of explaining, and he did a marvelous job of it. Next, I suppose he’ll turn his attention to the support of plural marriages. A lot of folks in several states will commend those efforts.

After he’s through agonizing over all the same-sex laws, maybe Mr. McAffee should be reminded that we have something called the Tenth Amendment. I would like to see his dissertation regarding the unimportance of that well-forgotten item.

Please give Mr. McAffee all the space he needs. He’ll need it. I look forward to seeing how he marginalizes it.

Marvin Miller

Las Vegas

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