published Monday, December 24th, 2012

Show the NRA who's in charge and other letters to the editor

Show the NRA who's in charge

I have been in Chattanooga for more than 40 years. I live now on Signal Mountain. When I was young, I belonged to a gun club and the NRA. My mother thought that a Southern boy should learn how to shoot a rifle. So I did target practice for years with a bolt action single shot rifle.

That is worlds away from Bushmaster assault rifles with magazines that can hold 30 or more rounds. Such weapons are not what the framers of the Second Amendment had in mind. That amendment was ratified in 1791 when there was no active army on duty. It was designed to make possible a well-regulated militia in case there was a need to defend the country from invasion.

I urge everyone to support legislation that will ban assault weapons which have been used in more than one mass killing this year. Those guns are not appropriate for hunting purposes. They are useful only to kill innocent people like the 20 5- or 6-year-old children in that small Connecticut town. Show the NRA that we, the people, are in charge of this country and not an irresponsible gun lobby that is complicit in the murder of innocent people.

MIKE RUSSELL, Signal Mountain

Protect children in public places

I approve of the ideas Thursday's Times Free Press letter titled "Moderate gun control needed." Like many who believe in control of assault weapons, I too was a hunter as a youth and young adult, and still believe in being allowed to own and use unregistered weapons for hunting and other sports like target shooting.

I cannot grasp the idea that assault weapons, with their large magazines and rapid fire, can be sporting, legal or effective in shooting wild game, or in target shooting. It seems the intended target for this type of weapon would be people.

The argument that people will still kill others with weapons such as knives, clubs, stones, etc., if they don't have assault weapons melts in the face of reason when considering the setting at Newtown, Virginia Tech or many other mass murder sites. Would anyone feel as safe facing a person with an assault rifle entering your classroom as one entering with a hunting knife or baseball bat? Let's take a first step in protecting our children in public places, while we address the problems of mental illness.


Personal labor tax rates are too high

It is interesting to me to note, with the tax rates debate going on, the significant turnaround in the tax rates over the years on certain types of income. Until the Tax Reform Act of 1986, passive income, (dividends, interest, capital gains), was generally taxed at a maximum marginal tax rate of 70 percent, than earned income, (wages, commissions, income from owning a business).

Beginning with the act of 1986, and lowered further by the Bush's tax acts, the reverse has become the norm. Earned income is now taxed at higher marginal rates, with a top of 35 percent. Now dividends and long-term capital gains are taxed at a maximum rate of 15 percent, in some cases a rate of zero applies.

It appears to me that it is patently unfair that income from personal labor is taxed at higher rates than passive income. It is generally acknowledged that a large majority of the taxable passive income accrues to higher income taxpayers, the 2 percent.


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Sailorman said...

Messrs Russell and Jackson

Letters like yours, well meaning as they are, tell me two things: You don't understand the purpose of the 2nd amendment and you don't understand what an "assault rifle", or an "assault weapon" if you prefer the politically generated scary word, is.

I'm always amused when opinions are prefaced by some derivation of "I used to hunt shoot etc " as if that confers some special knowledge. When I was a kid, we used to play doctor but that didn't make me a neurosurgeon.

The angst being ginned up is not about children or guns. It's about control. Look at the stats posted by Drew Johnson the other day concerning the deaths of children. I'll believe it's "about our babies" when I see the same level of hue and cry raised about the things that are the real killers of our kids.

Wishing all a great holiday of whatever flavor you celebrate .

December 24, 2012 at 9:34 a.m.

'Show the NRA who's in charge'

Will someone please help me understand, or, discover the 'ergo' within this information?

Now, first of all, I will invoke the earliest major newsflash I could find:

William Spengler: William Spengler: William Spengler:

Armed with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a Mossman 12-gauge shotgun, and the Bushmaster, Spengler killed two firefighters, and injured two more as well as an off-duty police officer at the scene. As a convicted felon, Spengler 'could not legally own a firearm' and police are investigating how he obtained the weapons.

Well, if the readers/commenters of the Chattanooga Times Free

Press has a life-or-death emergency.......Just Call a Hippie! Or,

Just Call A Neighborhood Gang Leader! Or, Just Call A Convicted

Multiple Felon Who Continues In That Life! Yeah, maybe I just discovered the 'ergo' to the above tragic news flash. Those guys certainly will obtain weapons, yes, they certainly will.

December 25, 2012 at 8:51 p.m.

Revisiting Newtown, Connecticut:

Hey, novel idea...LIBERAL DEMOCRATS! Maybe, if we just ban the

assault weapons, and, maybe handguns, then we could just observe

what happens when an Adam Lanza tosses several Molotov Coctails

into a Sandy Hook classroom, instead. I ASSURE YOU TREE HUGGER



"The same would go for a movie theater, or, quiet suburban home."

I am personally issuing an urgent wake-up call to the Liberal Democrats of this United States of America!


December 25, 2012 at 8:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

You're the most illogical person on earth.

December 25, 2012 at 10:56 p.m.

Do You believe, even for two seconds, that if we give up our weapons, the criminal element will also? Scared, wimpy, limp- wristed Democrats/Liberals surrender to criminals, and, such illogical notions. But, don't worry, we conservatives will fight for You, to protect you helpless victims. kwo

December 26, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

As you're someone who believes in imaginary gods, why should I believe in your imaginary qualities as a fighter?

December 26, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ken Orr,

"Do You believe, even for two seconds, that if we give up our weapons, the criminal element will also?"

No on is asking anyone to give up their weapons. You're so ignorant.

"Scared, wimpy, limp- wristed Democrats/Liberals surrender to criminals, and, such illogical notions."

Illogical, moronic, ignorant, stupid Republicans/Conservatives/WingNuts believe things that aren't true.

"But, don't worry, we conservatives will fight for You, to protect you helpless victims."

No, you won't. You'll fight for ignorance, bigotry, hate, and lies. That's all you know. Also, didn't Jesus say something about "turning the other cheek"? I guess you don't adhere to your own religion, "tough guy" Ken.

December 26, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
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