Tragedy-exploiting claim outrageous

I'm almost at a loss of how to respond to Adnan Shahab's quote in the Sunday paper concerning the horrific Connecticut school shooting. He is quoted as saying, "I don't want to attach any malice on their part, but I can almost feel the squeal of delight that comes from the anti-gunners when an incident like this comes along so they can push their agenda."

I am appalled, outraged and shocked that he believes anyone has let out a "squeal of delight" concerning this horrific tragedy. I know of no one for pro-gun regulation or not who is delighted about any aspect of this incident. There will be no "squeal of delight" when I try to reassure my first-grade students that I will do everything possible to keep them safe at school. The nation's hearts are breaking for the innocent lives lost and for the children and adults who survived this tragedy affecting the rest of their lives.

Shahab suggests he isn't assigning any "malice" to these phantom people. I suggest he is the one who has malice in his heart, evidenced by his extremely insensitive, offensive comments.

Jody Givens

first-grade teacher Livermore

Mass shootings are the fault of gun rights groups

The commonality of the mass killings in the last decades is the absurdly easy access to semiautomatic weapons. That is the result of a 30-year propaganda campaign by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and similar organizations to insist all people must have unlimited access to any kind of gun.


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The fact that fewer than 40 percent of the population actually owns guns puts the lie to the idea that most people want or need guns. Yet, according to the NRA, the solution to every gun violence problem is simply for more people to buy more guns.

It is extremely unlikely these mass shootings would have happened without such easy access to such efficient people-killing machines. These organizations have the blood of hundreds of victims on their hands, yet they blithely brush off mass killings as the price we must pay to have easy access to guns.

I refuse that price.

Shame on the NRA. Shame on their members who pay dues to support their murderous agenda. Shame on anyone who funds or in anyway supports these organizations.

Tim Morken

Livermore

Not paid enough for ultimate price

The next time someone tells me teachers are overpaid I will remind them of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Gil Stratton

Livermore

God left America after we left Him

A local paper in bold print announced yet another horrifying and unspeakable event, this time taking place in an elementary school, murdering innocent children in a sleepy little town in Connecticut.

We all thought the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 was some kind of an aberration we would eventually recover from and not see again in our lifetime. Then there was another and another, taking place at a "Meet and Greet" political event in Arizona, a shooting in a Colorado theater; there was the Virginia Tech shooting in '07 and on it goes. According to News USA, "mass killings are happening more frequently," a fact we're only too aware of.

Understandably, the cries for stiffer gun control raise their voices. We have to find and blame a cause, so we look at the violent media, the breakdown of the family, absent fathers, gangs, the lack of adequate police presence, better mental health care, and on we go as we try to find something that will help us live in this violent world we experience.

I would like to suggest another solution. We can never regulate people on the inside in spite of our abundant tries. There is One who preaches peace, love and kindness. As we've seen God taken out of our schools, families, holidays and government, our world has become more violent. He teaches us to love others as we love ourselves, to treat others as we would like to be treated, and to show kindness, love and forgiveness to those with whom we interact.

There are those who don't believe He exists, or that He should have no part of our public lives. What do we learn from the recent horrific events? What does the increasing violence of our world show us? Could these anti-God people be wrong?

Alice King

Pleasanton

Homosexuals don't accept affliction's impact on status

Observers of the human condition note that a substantial portion of humanity is afflicted with a disability or abnormality of some sort or another, whether physical or mental. It is also noted that a substantial portion of those so afflicted manage to function more or less about as well as those not so afflicted.

The current discussion regarding homosexuals who want to enjoy marriage in the same manner as heterosexuals is a case in point. Their affliction is unique; it does not prevent them from functioning in most respects as well as normal people, but there is a problem when it comes to marriage, military service and the priesthood: opinion is divided.

I think of my own affliction -- polio, suffered as a child. I was rejected as unfit for the uniformed service in World War II. I never knew the great satisfaction experienced by those who participated in the carnage of that conflict, but my disability was not so severe as to prevent me from completing college, marrying, having children and being employed at the professional level. I accepted my disability. So I could not play the piano or baseball -- that was just my fate. But homosexuals do not accept their condition as preventing them from marrying a person of their own sex, even though that marriage is radically different from marriage as experienced by those not so afflicted. I sympathize with the problem the U.S. Supreme Court has now chosen to tackle.

Donald F. King

Livermore

U.S. a Christian country; time to get over it

Once again, Burt Bogardus has reminded us of his atheistic leanings. He must have a lot of time on his hands to do research and come up with the "unconstitutionality" of holding a Bible while reciting the oath of office. Really!!

Mr. Bogardus, this country was founded on Christian principles more than 200 years ago. You need to accept that fact and move on. Save your diatribe for more important issues, like the economy! Merry Christmas!

Barbara Nielsen

Dublin

Ignore critics -- Fillmore comic is funny

The following is a comment or question for the editors or webmaster:

My entire family loves Mallard Fillmore -- so do all the people in my office. It is so funny we laugh out loud. Maybe for the people who don't like it, it strikes too close to the truth. Either way, they should just skip it and leave something for the rest of us to laugh at.

Barbara Wilson

Dublin