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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

Re: “Guest Opinion

The NRA and Gun Rights groups need to provide armor with the guns they provide. Killers are wearing armor, unlike the average citizen carrying a gun. A surprise attack and most citizens will not be wearing armor to protect themselves. So It is important that citizens start wearing body armor to protect themselves from the killers that the NRA are promoting. The NRA has been silent on body armor so far, but I have been urging them to include it at gun shows and shops.

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Posted by votesmartamerica on 01/18/2016 at 5:47 PM

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One needs to only look at what is happening over in Europe and especially Germany recently. This country is not impervious to problems such as what is happening there.
When the needs of many outweigh the needs of a few...........

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Posted by norm9do on 01/17/2016 at 7:36 AM

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It sucks that you marred a good message with a bigoted and baseless statement. Israel is only around 60% white, not that different than the USA..... If you want to see a racially exclusive nation state look no further than Israels neighbors...

The sad part is that you felt the need to defend your participation in Birthright by bashing your own people with a lie! There is plenty to criticize Israel on but to claim that the Jewish state is attempting to be racially exclusive is really a fancy way of comparing them to Nazis, without any evidence to support it. Israel is a diverse democracy with both good and bad people, a small number of bigots but most Israelis are not. You just labeled them all as such with your offhand and inappropriate comment. Shame.

Make your grandparents proud and do the righteous thing, admit your error, and retract the statement. The rest of your piece might actually do some good without it.

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Posted by HumanBean on 01/15/2016 at 6:24 PM

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Yes, we have immigration laws and they must be enforced. "Seriously" is correct in every way. If we open the door to every wretched, disadvantaged person to come here, we will cease to be the United States of America.
There is no sure way to vet these immigrants. Their countries don't cooperate.The only info immigration receives is what the immigrant tells them. How can you vet a person from Syria? Their country is destroyed and no one is going to have info on the refugees. We know many of them are terrorists coming here to do us harm. See the news!! Only a fool would want to open our borders to unknown people, people with forged papers, lies to tell, and hopes of blowing up our country in the name of Allah or getting on welfare. Honest people don't steal across borders with fake papers or pleas for asylum. There is a legal path to enter our country, Those who don't are breaking the law, they are criminals.

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Posted by Jesse on 01/14/2016 at 7:32 PM

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I take it the "racially exclusive nation-state" wasn't Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, or any of a number of other Muslim nations, since Jews aren't generally allowed in those countries, Americans often aren't welcome, and women travel to them at their own risk. Why do you slam Israel, the only Mideast nation that offers constitutional guarantees to all the citizens within its borders and freedom of religion for all three major religions and what does that have to do at all with your commentary?

As to the gist of your article, if the confinement conditions are as you describe, they should be improved. However, we cannot open the doors of this country to every disadvantaged person in the world for if we did that we would cease to be the United States of America and we would become the places from where the immigrants hail. For those that come here, we must vet them before we just let them blend into our population. Amazing as it may seem to you, there are people who do not meet our criteria for legal immigration or for asylum. We have immigration laws and they should be enforced. If we just open the doors, literally billions would come and we cannot sustain that. There are sad and horrible stories all over this world but just letting anyone and everyone cross our borders and come into our house is not the answer.

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Posted by Seriously? on 01/14/2016 at 2:39 PM

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beautifully written and heartfelt. Surely we can do better for these poor souls.

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Posted by Kathleen DeBoer on 01/14/2016 at 11:57 AM

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What a tremendous idea. Thanks for sharing your life and experience with readers.

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Posted by Steve M on 01/14/2016 at 3:13 AM

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Criminals steal the guns of honest people. Why can't the left comprehend that? Laws mean nothing to law breakers. Harsher penalties please.

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Posted by David W on 01/08/2016 at 8:10 PM

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I find it very interesting how the above commentators are so worried about losing their guns. I saw nothing in the above article where he states that guns should be taken away from law abiding citizens, or any comment about how law abiding citizens are not allowed to buy guns. Only criminals don't want background checks.

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Posted by smithappens on 01/08/2016 at 5:28 PM

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The President mocked Americans as believing he has a conspiracy to confiscate their guns.

Why would Americans distrust our President? Top ten reasons.

#1 Hope and change
#2 The border is secure
#3 Deportations are at an all time high
#4 If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor
#5 The average family will save $2500 per year on health care insurance
#6 Christians are clinging to their bibles and their guns
#7 ISIS is the JV team
#8 Pass the bill so you can read it
#9 Iran nuclear deal
#10 There won't be amnesty for illegals

Come on America you can trust him now.

And #11 If you disagree with me on global warming you are mentally ill. Just look how well that fits with his executive action on background checks of the mentally ill.

Come on America, there's nothing wrong here.

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Posted by David W on 01/08/2016 at 10:02 AM

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Hi, I am glad that some "sensible" gun-control laws are being pushed. But, the title and belief that the author, citizens, and representatives are "energized" is misleading. "Energized" for legislation on obtaining firearms is not the same as energized for legislation and local effort. Most children and adults could do far more, such as teaching causes, consequences and prevention of violence; there is great need for respite care, for counseling people away from varied addictions, for non-violent communication training (and actually showing up and doing that instead of only jabbering about it being a nice idea.) Also, to show a community actually giving a rat's behind about kids, there should be community gardens at every school, support for school discipline and support for kids who need be removed-- whose attitude and homes just are not grown up, etcetera.

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Posted by Aaron Johnson on 01/07/2016 at 7:26 PM

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Am currently watching Guns in America: Obama Town Hall, which seems to be a an actual forum, still with some blather, but a good start. Why hasn't this be done before? No one (including each and every person active for gun control) actually cared to really discuss gun policies--the deaths for years, not least from gang violence that especially hit people of color, were not motivational for people (including those who seemingly have some sort of emotions about bystanders and violent kids being shot) to seriously talk. I often am lazy, but will never beat the majority of the population in being so easily satisfied by emotional outbursts.

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Posted by Aaron Johnson on 01/07/2016 at 7:09 PM

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My cold dead hands comrade Barber, my cold dead hands.

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Posted by Old Pueblo Veteran on 01/07/2016 at 5:29 PM

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Blow it out your butt Barbie. You will not disarm Americans. We will defend ourselves. There's a reason you lost, you have no man card.

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Posted by What, Again on 01/07/2016 at 4:45 PM

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We can't even get people to wear seatbelts in cars, nor helmets on motorcycles, which would save many lives. How are we going to enforce gun laws? Laws are only for those who wish to obey them. There are just too many guns out there to control them, or the shooters.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 01/07/2016 at 9:18 AM

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The man that the PC Sheriffs shot yesterday was arrested a week ago and spent two days under mental observation for attempted suicide. 48 hours later he is on the street robbing a store and threatening officers. No gun. A knife.

Welcome to reality. As much as some of you hate the thought of it, there is a reality. Work your way towards it.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/07/2016 at 9:13 AM

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Are guns the problem here? did the gun get a mind of its own? the issue goes much deeper than that, our social fabric began to tear when we took authority away from our teachers, stopped the Pledge of Allegiance, removed prayer from schools (unless you are from some other country, then we support you), we have not updated out educational system in years to meet the demands of the "Smart Phone" generation, why would I spend all day listening to a teacher when I can get the answer on Google in seconds, we need to address that and adapt to it.

In nearly every mass shooting, someone will enviably make a comment something like "We all new he was way off center" or "Most people were afraid of him, even his parents". Yet none of us want to say, we are screwed up, we cannot police ourselves, we need the police with us at all times, please mister government make my decisions and take care of my kids, but don't discipline them. That's what it all sounds like to me, Americans have given up, surrendered this Country to anyone that wants it, to make it as they want it in the name of Allah. There was a time when it took a village to raise a child not just a saying, when I was growing up, neighbors had the right to smack the crap out of you like you were their own if you were acting a fool in their presence, it worked, kids didn't mouth off to adults, tell a kid in the mall today to watch their language, see how many other cuss words they know.

Yes friends, if you have a drug dealer on your street corner, and have called the police, only to see that person there again in a week, you have done due diligence, so either handle it or live with it.
Our current president made his run on the promises of change, one man to change America, never happen, if we continue to sit idly by and blame our communities on the police, the government, and not take responsibility, then we deserve everything we have here today, next will be ISIS, remember I said that, because your government is setting up the perfect opportunity for it, disarm or disable the arms of its citizens, reduce the effectiveness of the weapons of the police and military, do background checks on its own citizens and let terrorist in, yup folks, even I can see whats coming.

Did I mention I am retired military, I have been there and done that, our country is lacking in discipline, it is as divided as Iraq was when Saddam was in power, we do not stand together on the big issues, we are easily segregated, and therefore, easily managed, think about that.

I will end is saying that gun control is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of, the people that commit these heinous crimes will not let the lack of guns deter them from committing these crimes, they will simply do it another way, poison, bombs, knife, sword or what ever, but the lack of guns will neither deter, nor slow down the criminal element that we have created here, we only make the best.

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Posted by Rocketman on 01/07/2016 at 8:21 AM

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Focusing on the 462 deaths related to mass shootings ignores the 10,000 dead in daily, under-reported deaths of men, women and children from gun violence across the nation. This focus inevitably leads to discussion of mental health issues among the shooters including Loughner. In turn, the NRA can respond with attacks on the mental health community, not the daily carnage exacted by the violent criminals most likely to shoot and kill without remorse.

If we succeed in eliminating all deaths related to mass shootings, we are left with 95% of gun deaths (not related to suicides and accidental shootings) unaddressed. There are hundreds of millions of guns in circulation in the US, more than enough for every man, woman and child living here. These guns are freely available to criminals on the black market and used every day to kill and wound victims indiscriminately.

I would suggest that our judicial system is asleep at the wheel. Why should anyone who even brandishes a weapon in a crime not receive a very long prison term without any chance of parole? Shouldn't plea bargaining be taken off the table for criminals who carry guns while committing a crime? Shouldn't weapons seized from criminals automatically be destroyed? Shouldn't anyone who sells a weapon on the black market that is subsequently used in a shooting receive a mandatory prison sentence including life without parole if a victim dies?

The daily carnage in the US is not as sensational as the mass shootings but the number of lives lost is the more serious problem. The Tucson shooting was a terrible, terrible tragedy costing us the services of a great representative and the lives of six fellow citizens, men, women and one child. It is right to remember these lost neighbors and mourn our loss. It is not right to focus exclusively on those losses
while not acknowledging the lives lost to gun crimes reported on page three if at all.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/07/2016 at 8:07 AM

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As we all reflect on the tragic day we all can say where did we fail? Where did the neighbor teacher parent peers have so much daily responsibilities to leave the mentally unstable to wander. We have laws on the books to protect the citizen and the would be needed patient. It is my understanding that these laws and protection mechanisms were in place and notified just not valued by our civil servants to implement.

We had a Sheriff that oversees the daily operations of Pima Community College police department are being meet. This is the same as the DPS oversee the University police forces to maintain compliance with the operations of the police on State Universty property. This is the same at every county community college in this state. Some communities colleges don't have police agency's where it is then the Sheriffs task to perform.

Here we had the steam valves of overheat go off twice in my knowledge. We had a public citizen working at a ammo counter that refused to sell ammo. Still this lost sole was let to wander as it was to much for somebody else to worry about. A police force that dropped the ball rather than issue a citation of public disturbance. A police force that went to the sick student home and issued a REQUEST that the student not return till a evaluation had been made as his mental state twice. Had the responsible government done the first line of defence Gabby would possibly still be our representative.

For Pima County Sheriff's department to come out and state that it asked Gabby if she wanted police protection. Is that her option really how would Gabby know of any chance peril that might come it would be up the he sheriff department to tell her of it. How did someone with a mental disorder get a handgun legally. Pima county had the laws to enforce and the vehicle to maintain it's implementation to preclude this from happening. But wait it has to be brought up to the county attorney and how to do plea bargains a mental hold on a person. The follow up with the county mental health div which is where Ron Barber came from his administrative background helped Gabby perform her duties as congressional representative. Where did the check and balances fail it failed with every citizen in the county that votes for a party. It is them that have given us this bastion of political ideology.

Been in this county a long time I remember county board representative ED Moore filing suit against the State for the 1949 sales tax formula distribution that had Pima County paying twice that of Maricopa seems that the Palo Verde Nuclear plant is worth more than all of the improved property in Pima county.

yes the new political progressive is really this generations Archie Bunker

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Posted by falling fast on 01/07/2016 at 6:31 AM

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Veteran, veterans. I have many in my family, and have many in my past and in my ancestry-traceable back to the 1630's to Massachusetts bay colony. Many who resisted the tyranny of a king named George-men and women who fought for freedom and built a nation out of a population of immigrants. A diverse lot of miscreants that left an unkind world behind to come to a new world and find peace in a place that would allow them the worship their God in peace. In fact this point was so important that it was enshrined in the document that became the constitution of the United States . Oh veteran, my ancestors resisted so that you could come on this forum and make unkind remarks about some of your fellow Americans. All I can say is to remind some that a great and kind teacher once walked in a land known as Israel and spoke of the teachings of His God: judge not that you not be judged. Peace be to you veteran, and may the ice in your heart melt and may you truly receive enlightenment as to what this nation is about.
An American Muslim -

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Posted by Mariyah BintHoras on 12/31/2015 at 9:42 PM

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