I am writing to comment on the Dec. 28 article “Women discover security in guns.” The article quoted plenty of people on the pro-gun side, but no one who is opposed to gun proliferation. The level of gun violence in this country is a problem that people in no other developed country have to put up with, and it is the kind of people who were quoted in this article who cause the problem.
The article did say that state law does not allow for numbers to the kept on concealed carry weapons holders. And the law is silent on keeping numbers on how many concealed carry permit holders commit crimes.
This gives the appearance of a cover-up by the gun industry and those gutless politicians who have sold out to it. In reality, it is a statistical fact that guns in the home make people less safe, but that was never brought up in the article.
The gun industry acts just like Vito Corleone from The Godfather. He who would send Luca Brasi into a store to rough up the proprietors and then walk in a few hours later to offer protection, for the right price. The gun industry manufactures all of these guns and then it says to the public: “The world is a dangerous place. You need to protect yourself, with a gun.” The gun industry is running a protection racket. It sells guns with fear.
The possession of a gun that is made for the sole purpose of killing people is an indication of a willingness, if not an actual relishing, to take the life of another human being. It is high time that our society stop seeing this as either socially acceptable or legal.
It is a sad irony that the article appeared right next to one about the partial release of the police file on the Sandy Hook school shooting. It is time for people to stop buying into the selfishness and fear the gun industry peddles, and do the right thing and put the lives of defenseless children above their own selfish desires and paranoia.
It is high time that people worry less about their “rights” and more about their social responsibility.
Teaching from the Gospels
Pope Francis has created a controversy for right-wing conservatives with his strong statements on the pitfalls of capitalism, especially the “trickle down” mantra that wealth will mysteriously reach the destitute if we give the rich more money. This laissez-faire philosophy, known as Reaganomics, has been completely debunked by the Catholic spiritual leader.
Francis has driven a stake through the heart of voodoo economics, using the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching derived from the Gospels.
Like Jesus standing accused before Pilate because “he stirs up the people, teaching throughout Judea” (Luke 23), Francis has stirred the capitalists to put into practice economic justice and a preferential option for the poor.
Following in Catholicism’s great tradition, Pope Francis is not naïve to the social dimension of the gospel elucidated in Pope Leo XXIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum, “The Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor.” This important document spoke to the deficiencies in capitalism without a leash, as well as the deficiencies in communism, as it reduces the dignity of the individual. The encyclical strongly supports the rights of workers to form unions, something Republicans have been working to abolish since Reagan.
The “right to work” laws passed by state legislatures are a prime example of many professed Christians doing the devil’s work. How do Catholic Republicans such as John Boehner, Patrick Tiberi and Jean Schmidt justify political positions on issues such as assistance to needy families and unemployment benefits?
Pope Francis has not publicly endorsed liberation theology, as Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and others would suggest. Francis, the first pope from South America, has witnessed firsthand the destructive force of unfettered capitalism.
His eyes are wide open to U.S.-backed dictatorships. He knows the Munroe Doctrine was no friend to the indigenous populations in Central America, the Argentinian farmer or the Ecuadorian laborer.
Francis will not be red-baited by ideological talk-show hosts. The pope only needs to reference the Gospels. Republican Catholics should take note, reflect and seek conversion of the heart.
About the falls
In response to the Dec. 31 letter “Without the falls,” in which the writer suggested that the city should be called “Cuyahoga Fallsless” now that the Sheraton and LeFever dams have been removed: I have wonderful news.
Cuyahoga Falls wasn’t named after the falls of either of those dams. The real Cuyahoga Falls, which gave the city its name, were submerged behind the Ohio Edison Dam, built nearly 100 years ago.
When that dam is removed in the near future, and the Cuyahoga’s true course and health restored, the original, beautiful Cuyahoga Falls will again appear. Then everyone will know why the city is called Cuyahoga Falls.