Guns are not the problem
I enjoyed the letter under “You Say” in the July 25 edition from Doug Mitchell. His ramblings about a gravely-tragic event gave me quite a chuckle. His words “purchase and use an AR 15 semi-automatic military assault rifle, two Glock .40 caliber handguns and up to 6,000 rounds of ammunition enters a movie theater and opens fire,” shows very well that he has no clue what he is talking about. The weight of two holstered hand guns and a shoulder sling carried AR is a pretty good load in itself. 6,000 rounds of ammo. Oh really. A man can carry 6,000 rounds of 22 ammo, but not much else, and would not be able to wield 3 firearms in the process. The sheer weight of 6,000 rounds of .223 and .40 caliber ammo, which is what the AR and Glocks would take, is something no human could possible carry. This is pure fantasy on the part of Mr. Mitchell.
This is the type of ignorant, knee jerk, reaction that leads to wide-spread hysteria about any type of tragedy of this magnitude. And of the weapons of choice.
As long as there are people in the world set upon doing evil, there will be evil events. The weapon of choice remains an inanimate object, unable to perpetrate any evil of its own free will until the person determined to perpetrate evil puts those objects into motion. These objects may include knives, guns, hammers, box cutters, razor blades, poisons, bacteria, rocks, swords, lumber, explosives, flammable liquid or a 56 Buick for that matter. People have been killed by all of these and more inanimate objects.
Community concern in action
While driving south on Rancho Vistoso Boulevard this past Saturday afternoon, I experienced car trouble and was able to turn off of the Boulevard onto Woodburne Drive where my car came to rest out of the flow of traffic.
After turning on my emergency flashers and exiting the vehicle I called for a tow truck from the sidewalk. While several cars passed by, to my surprise a car did stop to check on my welfare. The driver of the car was Councilmember Joe Hornat. While we were discussing my situation, Oro Valley Police Officer E. Woodward stopped as well.
Councilmember Hornat and Mrs. Hornat were returning home from Saturday errands and insisted I wait for the tow truck in their air conditioned car and going so far as to offer me cold water.
With storm clouds looming, oppressive humidity, and the unknown estimated time of arrival of the tow truck, it is very gratifying to know that an elected official personally acted responsibly in the interest of a citizen.
By the way, there was a “police officer around when you need one”.
My sincere thanks to Councilmember Hornat and Mrs. Hornat for their assistance and of course officer Woodward for his concern.
Obama has nothing to hide
Re: to Randy Gregg’s letter in the July 25 edition of the Explorer
Randy Gregg better stop watching Fox News and listening to the GOP garbage spread over the radio and television ads.
First of all, Obama doesn’t have anything to hide. It is Mitt Romney that lies constantly and states he didn’t say whatever subject comes up. He forgets that there is videotape of what he said. The GOP have made a mess of our economy. They have ignored the federal legislation, especially the House and in the Senate have held up or killed any Obama legislation that would help the average middle class family.
If Mr. Gregg wants to give back to the government any checks that he received, he is more than welcome. That goes for SS, Medicare, etc.
All Mitt Romney has going for him is the money from up to 24 millionaires. What is Mitt Romney hiding that he doesn’t want to show his tax returns and accounts in the Swiss banks, etc.
Remember it was your party (GOP) that put us in this economic mess.