J. Theriault: Drop the hyperbole

In reading many of the letters sent in that are about gun control, I have seen comparisons to actions taken by Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union; I have read about how law-abiding citizens carrying guns could seemingly stop any crime; and how prohibition didn't work for alcohol so how would it work for guns.

Meanwhile, my 5-year-old son came home recently and told me how they practiced a “soft lockdown” and a “hard lockdown” at school. “Soft” being when an animal is outside and “hard,” in his words, being “if a bad guy is trying to get in and hurt us.”

It is time to drop the hyperbole and prove that gun owners are, in fact, responsible people. If a person can't discuss the pros and cons of gun control without immediately going to the extremes, the rest of us (who, in case some people haven't noticed, outnumber them) will proceed without them and they will have no say in how this moves forward.

Jason Theriault, Auburn

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Amedeo Lauria's picture

Oh, and I'm tired of reading the knee-jerk...

proposal placed before us regarding the infringement of our rights under the 2nd Amendment.

The call for an executive order being the most concerning. Does that mean our President will DICATE to us that the 2nd Amendment is now in the trash can? If the historical comparison shoes fit, you have to wear them.

If the majority of Americans think there needs to be a change, it should be done the right way; amending the Constitution. Not by doing an end run around the most sacred document every produced by modern man.

Now go create some jobs and put away the government credit card; I've had enough of the bread and circuses.

Jason Theriault's picture

I figured it out - Obama is a genius.

Yes, I know, some of you are going to blow up at that headline. Hear me out.

See, this played out perfectly. All the gun hullabaloo is giving the GOP house the room to breath to pass the debt ceiling increase. I mean, most of Obama's gun control plan start with "Urge Congress to...". There is only so much he can do unilaterally, and most of that stuff even the NRA thinks is a good idea(expanded background checks).

So, well played Mr President. Gun control wasn't going to happen with this Congress anyway. It will be an election issue, and playing it well gives you the cover to get passed the debt ceiling crisis easily.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"It's time to drop the

"It's time to drop the hyperbole and prove that gun owners are, in fact, responsible people."
The proof is already there. How many of these mass murderers had/have a history of being responsible gun owners?
And if we don't step in line with those of you who "outnumber" us, we will what? Be shot?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Great letter Jason

Since Newtown I've been pleading with gun owners, like myself, to read Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's plan for action before Washington shoves something down our throats that we don't want. Well, those out there who are hugging the 2nd Amendment and have shut the door to any sensible solutions are going to hug it right to death. The only solution they can come up with is throwing money at the NRA so congress can be bought. It won't work this time around.
Even their commercial regarding Obama's kids is distasteful to Dems and Reps alike.

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Not quite as distasteful as ...

... Obama's use of children as emotional blackmail during his delivery of the 23 new commandments.

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I find it

amazing when liberal hypocrisy is pointed out, liberals get the knickers in a twist.

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