published Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Community celebs jump rope for heart and other letters to the editors

Community celebs jump rope for heart

Nolan Elementary thanks everyone who supported our school's Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The event was a great way to teach students about healthy habits and giving back to our community.

A number of "celebrity jumpers" came to support our students: Thanks to Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson, WDEF's Webb Wright, WRCB's Paul Shahen, Looie the Lookout, the Signal Mountain High School cheerleaders and three UTC coaches -- women's volleyball coach Travis Filar, men's tennis coach Carlos Garcia and football assistant coach Marcus West.

The five UTC student athletes who came to our school were particularly impressive: tennis player Gino Delavalle and football players Kenny Huitt, Kevin Niethammer, Terrell Robinson and Tolerance Shepherd. Not only did they jump rope with our students and encouraged them, they were so friendly and interested in our students.

One of our students was so in awe, she went home and told her mom, "We jumped rope today with the football players who played in the Super Bowl -- the Mocs!"

What a wonderful experience for our elementary students and what great ambassadors these student athletes are for UTC.

SCOTTIE GOODMAN SUMMERLIN, Nolan Elementary PTA president

NRA has strong hold on U.S. lawmakers

According to FBI statistics, Tennesseans are more likely to be victims of violent gun crime than in any other state in the nation. Many of our Republican representatives in Congress have received large campaign contributions from the NRA and have declared their unwillingness to do anything about this deplorable situation on Second Amendment grounds.

Is their Second Amendment claim valid or does it simply reflect views of the NRA?

There have been two landmark decisions on the Second Amendment. The first was United States vs Miller (1939) which prohibited shortened shotguns, because such weapons were not allowed in the militia, and declared that there should be no infringement on guns or the right to bear them in a well-organized militia. The decision of the court was unanimous.

The most recent decision expanded the right of weapons to all citizens in a deeply divided court, but Justice Scalia writing the majority made it clear that this decision applied to hand guns only.

President Reagan favored gun control for his entire public career, and not just from the time he was so seriously injured. Subsequently, Presidents George HW Bush and Clinton supported gun control, and it is safe to say all were in agreement with the Second Amendment as they understood its purpose and intentions.


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moon4kat said...

Thanks, John Bratton. Personally, I don't want a gun. It would require way more time and effort than I want to devote to a piece of metal, at least if one is to be a responsible gun owner. 1. Is the gun unloaded and stored where a child or mentally unbalanced person cannot find it? 2. Where is the ammunition kept? 3. Have I trained and practiced using the gun on a regular basis so that I can do so safely in an emergency? 4. Is the gun clean and in reliable working order? 5. Am I sure the gun won't be used against me, or someone in my family? 6. Have I gotten theft and liability insurance? 7. How do I prevent over-reacting to bumps in the night or a surprise visit by a friend or family member?
I've lived in big cities (Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Nashville) and in small towns for more than 6 decades. There has never been a situation where having a gun would have improved things. In several instances it would have made the situation worse.
Besides, if someone wants to steal the TV, I'll let them. We have theft insurance; I am not going to risk a deadly shoot-out (and all the other dangers of gun ownership) over some object(s) that can be replaced.

February 22, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
jjmez said...

Also, to add to Mr. Brattons magnificent letter, it should be noted the so-called WILD WILD WEST really wasn't all that wild after all. There have been gun control laws all throughout America's history. Specifically, anytime a visitor came to town in that wild** west, they had to check in their weapons at the local constable or sheriff's office. Only to be retrieved when they left.

In fact, from its founding in 1871, the NRA actually supported gun control and the government. NRA even helped to write many gun control laws. It wasn't until 1977 that the NRA we see today emerged. excerpt from salon: "after libertarians who equated owning a gun with the epitome of freedom and fomented widespread distrust against government—if not armed insurrection—emerged after staging a hostile leadership coup.

In the years since, an NRA that once encouraged better markmanship and reasonable gun control laws gave way to an advocacy organization and political force that saw more guns as the answer to society’s worst violence, whether arming commercial airline pilots after 9/11 or teachers after the Newtown, while opposing new restrictions on gun usage.

It is hard to believe that the NRA was committed to gun-control laws for most of the 20th century—helping to write most of the federal laws restricting gun use until the 1980s."

February 22, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Just keep all those new gun laws coming and see what happens. There are few places where more strict gun laws curtail gun violence. But our almighty federal government knows how we should live our lives and as long as they levy leftist leanings, most people on here are fine. I would love to see jjmez in the notsowild west depicted earlier on here. Yeah like EVERYONE checked those guns with the local costable or sheriff. Like because of that no one shot anyone else. Enjoy your delusion. We have laws in place to take care of the problem. We have gutless judges and law officials unwilling to really deal with the problem. But you go ahead and believe that whatever blather comes down from almighty Washington will help. Personally, I think it will lead us closer and closer to a police state. But what do I know, I still think the west was a wild place.

February 22, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
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