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Letter to the Editor for Oct. 20, 2017


After Las Vegas, the focus misses the real problems

Last year, over 52,000 people died from drug overdose. 3,000 babies were murdered yesterday, that’s well over a million a year! None of those deaths involved the use of a firearm.

After the great massacre in Las Vegas, which no motive has yet to be established, we mourn the tragic loss of 57 lives (excluding the gunman) as well we should. We should also accept the fact that evil needs no motive.

But we somehow blur our focus on the elephant in the room because it feels beyond our control and

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After Las Vegas, the focus misses the real problems

Last year, over 52,000 people died from drug overdose. 3,000 babies were murdered yesterday, that’s well over a million a year! None of those deaths involved the use of a firearm.

After the great massacre in Las Vegas, which no motive has yet to be established, we mourn the tragic loss of 57 lives (excluding the gunman) as well we should. We should also accept the fact that evil needs no motive.

But we somehow blur our focus on the elephant in the room because it feels beyond our control and too large a problem, it overwhelms us.

There are over 300 million guns in this country. Most are owned by law-abiding, taxpaying citizens who lawfully possess a firearm. So why are we focusing in on them?

I believe it’s due to fear. Democrats fear gun owners because of the power they possess of retaliation and overthrow of a tyrannical government. Our forefathers saw this reality and possessing great wisdom and having experienced a tyrannical government, they included our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Probably to protect our 1st Amendment right as well.

So all that being said, there is always a looming fear of a militia’s shadow hovering in the background of anyone or any party becoming to powerful and dictating our freedoms, or rather limiting them.

I think we need to become more God-controlled verses gun-controlled. If we feared, respected and obeyed God’s laws and learned to truly love one another, the need for 3,000 innocent lives being taken daily would end. The need for mind-altering drugs would decline and gun control wouldn’t even be a topic for conversation. Think of the lives that could be saved.

In my humble opinion.

Thomas Wilcoxson

Baker City