published Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

'Right-to-carry law prevents crime' and more letters to the editors

Right-to-carry law prevents crime

Everyone is at risk of criminal activity supported by handguns. However, just like the high school student who wants to go out of the country for spring break despite the dangers, many people consider the common phrase: "It will never happen to me." Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Although gun laws preventing the right to carry hold the illusion of keeping citizens more safe, the truth is actually the complete opposite. In locations such as Washington D.C. that have strict gun laws, the crime rate actually sits at an all-time high.

When put into perspective, gun laws preventing citizens the right to carry only raise their risk of victimization. Due to law-abiding citizens who would follow the law and therefore have no gun, criminals would have the upper hand.

If a criminal is going to break one law, why would he not break the gun law in order to break another that is on his agenda anyway?

Thankfully, Tennessee allows the right to carry with a permit. The more people who obtain those permits allows for a lesser rate of crime due to preventable action. Families are safer, and criminals think twice before threatening someone for their wallet.

ALEC JOHNSON


Statehood bid violates accords

The group of Arabs calling themselves Palestinians have now appealed to the United Nations for statehood, which is in violation of the Oslo Accords, which clearly states "that the final borders will be decided by negotiations and that unilateral actions constitute violation of the accords."

This thread of unilaterally declaring nationhood and being associated with Hamas raised the question of why doesn't Israel do like our Chattanooga mayor and annex Judea, Samaria, West Bank, etc.!

If annexation should happen, will Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and other Arab states allow the return of the exiled Arabs now living in Judea, Samaria and the West Bank? I doubt it!

So how about their friend Iran, which supplies the rockets that target Jewish schoolchildren?

Since the property in question was part of ancient Israel, they should also be part of modern Israel, just as Jehovah intended when He gave the land to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

WAYNE SIMS


Hamill travelers need to slow down

To those who travel Hamill Road between Highway 153 and Hixson Pike, the speed limit is 35 mph.

The turning lane is for turning only, not for passing a car going slower than you like. The turning lane is not your personal lane either.

For those leaving the Sports Barn, you have a stop sign. Please stop instead of coming to a rolling stop. For those coming out talking on a cell phone, why not make your call before you leave. You put others in danger by not paying attention to traffic.

There has already been one accident because a woman decided to come out, with another car coming, and she was coming from the Sports Barn.

For those of us who live on Hamill Road between 153 and Hixson Pike, please give us a break and slow down.

JEAN GANN

Hixson


EPB service put Comcast on hold

After seeing Comcast's latest attacks at EPB, putting up their signs stating "No FI ZONE," and a commercial with a single person who left EPB, (versus the thousands lost by Comcast), please remember this, Comcast customers.

Before EPB, Comcast would "announce" the amount of their yearly increase. After wasting a lot of money trying to keep EPB from getting a cable license, said increases stopped once EPB began competition. Comcast found just as AT&T did, that poor customer service and an "arrogant" attitude would "cost" them. What would your rates be now without EPB?

DAVID & JUDY HORTON

Hixson


America seems the most divided

This year I traveled to the East (Thailand, mostly Buddhist), the Mideast (Turkey, mostly Muslem), and Europe (Germany and Czech Republic, mostly Christian).

All have rich histories, far older than ours. I visited wats, mosques, temples, churches and cathedrals. In each country I found interesting people: old, young, rich, poor, dark, light.

They (as we) want peace, security, employment, quality education, good health care, a livable environment.

There are differences. Others are thinner than Americans. Thais are smaller, more patient, tolerant and persevering. Germans and Turks smoke more. Turks gesture with their hands.

Gasoline is expensive. Solar and wind farms were evident in Germany; solar water heaters topped buildings in Turkey; Thais catch water in huge pots for the dry season. Children are taught more than one language. Health care is more affordable either due to government-sponsored or reasonable insurance or lower costs for services.

Every country has problems; people don't always agree with governments. None, however, seem to be so divided as Americans. Rather than work together for our country's common good, we rant about our ills, cast blame, spread fear, and accentuate differences -- exacerbated by media. Angry and hateful, how can most of us call ourselves Christian?

JANE STARNER


Help those in worse shape

World Wars I and II are the most remembered wars, the Korean War the most forgotten, and the Vietnam War we want to forget.

I am a Vietnam vet and have seen, after 38 years, some vets are singing the blues "woe is me," and not feeling appreciated.

Vietnam vets, me included, had eggs thrown at us, called baby killers, widow makers, and never thought of as heroes.

Yes, that war was a tragedy. But I am fed up with whiners. While you are standing on your two feet, visit a vet who has no legs or arms or find a vet who liberated the death camps in Germany.

Look at them, show them appreciation, and they in return will appreciate you because vets have a common bond.

We are still at war and we are in this together. My advice is get over it, move on and help those who are in worse shape than you. Then you will be proud of yourself.

Americans do appreciate our veterans.

PHILLIP DOUGLAS


Deportations rise considerably

One of the biggest Republican lies being told today is that the Obama administration is doing nothing about immigration.

A fact check reveals that Obama deported a record number of foreign nationals in the year ending Sept. 30, nearly three and a half times as many as 10 years ago.

The No. 1 deportation center was at San Antonio. The vast majority of those deported were Mexicans, and many had criminal backgrounds.

The push to round up illegals and return them to their homeland began in the George W. Bush era but has risen to record levels under President Obama.

Why lie about immigration(?) to try and make Obama a one-term president. The lie makes for a good story if one is willing to ignore truth.

B.J. PASCHALL

Sevierville, Tenn.

8
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
acerigger said...

Ms.Starner, as you are likely to hear in the near future,didn't you know, "Americans are exceptional,blessed by God,and if you don't like it, why didn't you just STAY in one of those hell-holes?" p.s. the media IS an over-riding opinion maker and divider.

November 15, 2011 at 2:15 a.m.
bookworm said...

Dear Acerigger: Have you ever heard of partisan politics? This has unfortunately taken on a new art form in Washington which serves to divide the nation on so-called 'hot button' issues like religion, war and guns. But the wonder is that we can't get together to solve major problems. The R's promised 'jobs, jobs, jobs' for the 2010 elections, but so far to date concentrate on the deficit, abortion, guns, and various and sundry trivia.

November 15, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

@Right-to-carry law prevents crime,ALEC JOHNSON

Sure! Mr. Johnson. That is, until a soccer mom comes across another law-abiding responsible carrying soccer mom who shoots and kills soccer mom number 1 in a fit of road rage. The truth is there really is no proof that people who carry weapons are less likely to victims of crime than people who don't carry weapons.

Most all cases of murder suicides, mass murderers etc., the perps either had been responsible licensed gun owners prior to their crimes, or they would have been allowed to carry if they'd asked.

November 15, 2011 at 8:48 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

Gasoline is expensive. Solar and wind farms were evident in Germany; solar water heaters topped buildings in Turkey; Thais catch water in huge pots for the dry season. Children are taught more than one language. Health care is more affordable either due to government-sponsored or reasonable insurance or lower costs for services.

Every country has problems; people don't always agree with governments. None, however, seem to be so divided as Americans. Rather than work together for our country's common good, we rant about our ills, cast blame, spread fear, and accentuate differences -- exacerbated by media. Angry and hateful, how can most of us call ourselves Christian?

JANE STARNER

Thank you, Ms. Starner. I've said it for years. Now someone comes along and put everything into perspective. I've met many friends from many nationalities, religions, faiths etc. Yet, I've never come across any who were as hateful and intolerant as I've experienced many Americans to be. Especially the ones calling themselves Christians. My Muslims friends have always shown respect for the Christian religion at events we attended together and a Christian prayer was offered. They've each always clasped their hands in front of them, lowered their heads out of respect for our religion. Why can't we show the same resepct and tolerance?

November 15, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
acerigger said...

amnestiUSAF84 said.."My Muslims friends have always shown respect for the Christian religion at events we attended together and a Christian prayer was offered. They've each always clasped their hands in front of them, lowered their heads out of respect for our religion. Why can't we show the same resepct and tolerance? "

It may be that devout Muslims pray 5 times a day,devout Christians ain't got time for that.

November 15, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.
Legend said...

acerigger, what does being devout or how many times of day one pray have to do with anything?

November 15, 2011 at 7:52 p.m.
Echo said...

Guns. More guns = less crime. Sorry gun haters, it's a fact beyond any reasonable doubt. Only in Chicago and DC are murder rates going up. Why? firearm ownership is illegal so only thugs have guns. Do I care? No. They voted for it, let them suffer.

Islam. A religion of two mentalities, those who would kill for their god, and those who are silent about this killing when they should speak out. It is a cancer that is earned by any country willing to tolerate it.

No real man subjugates independent moral responsibility to anyone or anything. There are absolutes. Neither Allah, Jehovah, nor the Tooth Fairy are needed to know simple right from wrong. Still confused? Jump off a cliff and ask God to explain it to you.

November 15, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.
sangaree said...

Echo said... Islam. A religion of two mentalities, those who would kill for their god, and those who are silent about this killing when they should speak out. It is a cancer that is earned by any country willing to tolerate it.

Guess you have no clue as to what's happened to Muslims in their country at the hands of christians.

Christianity: A religion with several mentalities. Those who will kill, ravish and rape the land and people for greed and their natural resources....and those who will look the other way in order to enjoy the booty. That's the christian crusades still going on around the world. ;)

November 16, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.