Letter: Guns are meant to kill; safety controls make sense


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Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 1:31 pm
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I feel a need to respond to some recent comments on comparisons to the shootings lately.

A gun is meant to kill. Granted, practicing to kill is not the same thing. However, to compare a car to firearms is a far reach if, not inane!

By law, you need to be 16, licensed and insured to drive a car. You have to obey speed limits. You're (supposed to) wear seat belts. Newer cars are equipped with air bags and stability controls.

Most of us don't drive looking to kill something (although lately as I'm driving my semi on Friday nights, I have my doubts).

In my opinion, if we had some safety controls on guns, we would be a safer country, such as smart triggers, where only the owner of the gun could fire the weapon.

Another argument is comparing abortion with the recent shootings. Leave it to the right wing to drag this into the discussion and invoke God into the situation.

Who are you to say what God's will is? Nowhere in the Constitution is God or Jesus Christ mentioned!

I find it disingenuous for them to insist on bringing an unwanted child (from rape or incest) into the world and then refuse to feed or clothe it! Maybe (gasp) we could offer free contraceptives to our teenagers.

We can give Viagra to dirty old men (me included) but not free birth control to our young people?

Tom Keith,
Moline

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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