Let’s break the hold of minority control | Letter to the editor

Posted 5/25/22

It is time for Democratic leadership to go on the offensive with Republicans. About abortion rights, healthcare, the environment, everything! 

One way to do this is to start telling the …

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Let’s break the hold of minority control | Letter to the editor

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It is time for Democratic leadership to go on the offensive with Republicans. About abortion rights, healthcare, the environment, everything! 

One way to do this is to start telling the strongest story, the truthful story. 

In their mania to eliminate access to legal abortion, the Republicans say they’re protecting the rights of the unborn children; what about the rights of those who have been born? The ones born into a world where they are not guaranteed healthcare, education, clean drinking water, a future free from climate catastrophe, endless war, and poverty. The ones born into a society where they are abused because of the color of their skin, or a disability, or any number of things that might make them different. 

What about rights for those children? What about the rights for their mothers and their fathers?

Suddenly, the Republicans can’t seem to support any programs for those children.

The Democrats need to be going after the Republicans and getting control of this storyline because it’s the true one. Republicans are a minority in this country, but they are dragging everyone back into a time where women had few rights and no control over their bodies or their future. 

Controlling the narrative, speaking truth, and breaking the hold that a minority of Americans has on this country may just save us all from a very bleak future.

Betsy Howell
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  • Justin Hale

    Ask any sane person if they are better off today than they were in 2017/18/19/20.

    For all four of those years the Democrats, with the aid of the biased media, spread their lies and half-truths about the last administration, all designed to get a Democrat back in the White House. Well, it worked, and look at the mess we are in today. There's some truth for you.

    Thursday, May 26 Report this

  • MargeS

    I haven't been certified as sane, but I do know I am way better off with Joe Biden in office than Donald Trump. 2022 should be the year the Democrats take back the Senate. As to the biased media, Just in Hale has never understood how much Donald Trump hated the media, because they wouldn't perpetuate his lies. No. 1, "Stop the Steal" and it all started before the 2016 election. Now Justin there's "some truth for you."

    Thursday, May 26 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Marge, I'm talking about your "average" person, not a hardcore hater of all things Trump.

    Just how is your life better now that your man is in the WH?

    And don't talk to me about Trump's lies, the MSM pushed their own lies for four years.AC

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • MargeS

    I don't have to watch my president speak at the NRA Convention. Make excuses about school shootings, demean women (remember p u**y grabbing), take America out of any negotiations with countries other than North Korea, China etc. And don't give me that bull about how he made things better, the man had no game, period, to narcissistic. The only thing holding back the democrats is a bunch of Trump Republicans hanging on the their white man's world. I hope America wakes up and the 2022 mid terms brings the Democrats back into power. Lets work on those gun laws, ******** rights, voting rights and on and on. If not now, when?

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So your life is better because of a few things you don't have, i.e Trump. So you're OK with the inflation, open borders, etc.

    "The only thing holding back the democrats is a bunch of Trump Republicans hanging on the their white man's world." ..... Nah, that's not racist.

    Friday, May 27 Report this

  • MargeS

    Your right Just in Hale "they are racist"

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Sorry Marge, you don't get a pass when you spout racist nonsense.

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • MargeS

    Don't need a pass from you or any of your Republican friends. Guns kill children, people who won't support laws restricting guns are enablers.

    Saturday, May 28 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Guns kill children, people who won't support laws restricting guns are enablers."..... What a load of simple-minded tripe.

    Sunday, May 29 Report this

  • MargeS

    So just what is your point. I am sure people are tired of our endless disagreements on many things, but people with guns do kill children, adults. If your not capable of understanding that less guns and more restrictive laws (as in other civilized countries) will reduce the gun violence in this country, you are an enabler. In my mind, protecting others from gun violence is a top priority. The laws need to change in this country, but that won't happen with a Republican majority in the Senate. Vote them out!

    Sunday, May 29 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    My point is the large majority of gun owners who exercise their second amendment rights are not violent nut-jobs, to infer otherwise is just not reality, to simply declare that "guns kill children" is an inane comment. I noticed you amended that to "PEOPLE with guns do kill children".

    Our politicians need to work together towards reasonable gun control legislation, I believe there are moderate voices on both sides working on this issue. Of course, the MSM prefers to concentrate on the extremists on both sides. Bombastic rhetoric sells better than quiet diplomacy.

    You want fewer guns? Just what exactly does that mean? Banning certain types of guns? Some people want to outlaw semi-automatics, the majority of handguns and rifles sold are semi-autos. As I said before I would be OK with restricting ammo clips to say 15 rounds.

    Enhanced background checks and "Red flag" laws sound reasonable, although I don't know how that would work if a flaged person hides the gun.

    "Vote them out!" I like my second amendment rights, why would I want to vote out the party that protects them?

    Monday, May 30 Report this

  • MargeS

    If only people were reasonable! But less guns means less opportunity, stricter laws means less opportunity. I know most schools are safe, but it still grabs me in the gut when someone brings a gun into a school and kills children. It's time we did what needs to be done to protect our children, we owe them that.

    Monday, May 30 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    As I said I believe there are reasonable people in Congress at both state and federal levels working on this issue. You will not find reasonable voices from either extreme. They say the art of politics is the art of compromise, eliminating all of the voices you disagree with is not the way to compromise.

    I want my children to have the same rights I've had, not fewer. If my Grandsons want to own a rifle or a handgun when they reach the legal age they should be able to.

    " It's time we did what needs to be done to protect our children"..... I might agree with you if I knew what you mean by that, I certainly don't agree that the solution is voting out all who disagree with you.

    Tuesday, May 31 Report this

  • MargeS

    The 2nd amendment does not say you can have an AR Assault rifle. It's about the Militia.

    Who were the militia in the Revolutionary War?

    Militia were men in arms formed to protect their towns from foreign invasion and ra***es of war. Minutemen were a small hand-picked elite force which were required to be highly mobile and able to assemble quickly. Minutemen were selected from militia muster rolls by their commanding officers.

    What does this have to do with every American having the right to own as many guns as they want?

    I assume you will send your family to a school to learn about guns and when they should be used and when not. Not every gun owner, or 2nd amendment enthusiast does that.

    Stricter gun laws make sense, background checks, ban on assault rifles, no one under age 21 (like tobacco and alcohol). Get rid of handguns, period!

    Tuesday, May 31 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Of course the 2nd amendment doesn't say anything about the AR-15, they weren't developed until 1956, and contrary to what the biased MSM want's you to believe AR does not stand for Assault Rifle it's the name of the company that developed it ArmaLite. The Militia/Minutemen were armed citizens. Do you think for a second that in today's world, in this country, a group of armed citizens organized into a militia, doing combat training/exercises would be tolerated? No way. But does that mean that citizens shouldn't have the right to defend themselves and their families, just as most of our "leaders" have armed security?

    You say assault rifles should be banned, they already are. This is the definition of an "assault rifle", "a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use", illegal to possess in the US.

    " Get rid of handguns, period!" So do you mean that the police and security for politicians will not have them? I don't think so.

    I do agree that the legal age to purchase should be 21.

    Tuesday, May 31 Report this

  • MargeS

    An AR-15 is a semi-automatic, or self-loading rifle that has been called "America's rifle" by the NRA with well over 15 million sold by 2019. "Semi-automatic," as opposed to "automatic," means that the weapon's operator must pull the trigger to fire each shot. The rifle then automatically reloads. An automatic weapon continues to fire as long as you hold down the trigger, and is (mostly) banned in the U.S.

    The AR-15, like its military version, is designed to kill people quickly and in large numbers, hence the term assault-style rifle, gun control advocates told NPR in 2018. They say it has no valid recreational use, and civilians should not be allowed to own them. They are legal in Texas for citizens over 18.

    Feb. 14, 2018: Shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida leaves 17 people dead.

    Oct. 1, 2017: The Las Vegas slaughter of 58 people.

    Nov. 5, 2017: The Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that claimed 26 lives.

    June 12, 2016: The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead.

    Dec. 2, 2015: The San Bernardino, Calif., shooting that killed 14 people.

    Dec. 14, 2012: The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that took 27 lives

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    But the guns were taken off shelves after President Bill Clinton signed a law in September 1994 banning what Congress called “assault weapons.” Prompted by a string of mass shootings — including one in 1989 in Stockton, Calif., in which five children were killed and 32 wounded in a schoolyard — the legislation stopped production of civilian rifles like the AR-15, and introduced the term “assault weapons” to the public.

    Culturally, the ban did what marketers could not: In outlawing it, the government made the AR-15 tantalizing.

    “If you want to sell something to an American, just tell him that he can’t have it,” said Mark Westrom, who owned Armalite, the gun’s original manufacturer

    Hand Guns kill more people, but are not usually used in mass shootings. For that you need "America's Rifle"

    Wednesday, June 1 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Numbers are hard to be exact but a safe guestimate would be 20+ million AR 15s' in the US. Why that many? because they are a good rifle for hunting, affordable ammunition, and very accurate, thus the tag 'Americas Rifle". To say that " it has no valid recreational use" is just a flat-out lie.

    "The AR-15, like its military version, is designed to kill people quickly and in large numbers". This is where gun control advocates go off into crazy land. You cited 6 cases where a AR 15 was used to kill people en masse, Hmmm, 20 million AR 15 owners, 6 mass murderers using a AR 15. I wonder how many people die from drunk drivers every year, maybe we should ban cars?

    Banning Americas Rifle is not reasonable, raising the legal age to purchase to 21 is reasonable, Red Flag confiscations may be hard to enforce if the guns are hidden, but worth a try anyway.

    Wednesday, June 1 Report this

  • MargeS

    Less guns, less dead people, shot with guns. You can promote your theory about hunters needing these guns but they got along just fine before AR-15's were introduced in the early 1960s. I remember and perhaps others do to when the NRA stood for gun safety. Classes for young people, to teach gun safety. In 1991 Wayne LaPierre became president of the NRA.

    "In 2014, NRA contributions totaled $103 million and LaPierre's compensation was $985,885.[13] In 2015, NRA contributions totaled $95 million. In that year, LaPierre received a $3.7 million deferred compensation distribution from his "employee funded deferred compensation plan", which was required by federal law, and according to the NRA raised his total annual compensation to $5,110,985." There is lots of money tied up in this organization. I call them 'pushers.'

    Big Business: In 2021 the firearm and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $70.52 billion in total economic activity in the country. That's a lot of guns, made in the U.S., and sold to Americans.

    ****s my mind!

    Wednesday, June 1 Report this

  • MargeS

    B*L*O*W*S My Mind

    Wednesday, June 1 Report this

  • Dcc

    Would you two just get a room already?

    Thursday, June 2 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Less guns, less dead people, shot with guns.".....Some people deserve to be shot dead. If the shooter in Uvalde had been shot by an SRO before he went on his rampage that would have been a good thing, unfortunately, there was no SRO inside that school.

    I'm not a member of the NRA, don't really care about the NRA.

    " In 2021 the firearm and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $70.52 billion in total economic activity in the country. That's a lot of guns, made in the U.S., and sold to Americans. " And the majority of those gun owners are law-abiding citizens exercising their 2nd amendment rights, good luck trying to convince them that they should relinquish their rights, not going to happen.

    Thursday, June 2 Report this

  • MargeS

    Dcc, In the United States, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. The First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

    So your comment is all you could come up with?

    Thursday, June 2 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Some people never learn conversation skills.

    Friday, June 3 Report this