For all of the knee-jerk reaction to the recent school massacre in Connecticut, what would be accomplished by stomping on the Constitution and taking properly registered guns from Americans who are by law permitted to defend themselves?
The “bad guys” will still have guns and be emboldened because the “good guys” will no longer be able to protect themselves or anyone else.
We can all proudly hang “Gun Free Zone” signs on our front doors to assure the burglars that there will be no one inside to greet them and fight back.
Gun control proponents, go first. Can you say “sitting ducks”?
Along that line, perhaps we should get rid of all bodyguards and Secret Service agents. They have guns for protection, That is not fair to the rest of us.
Consider looking to the way children are being raised in today’s culture for a genuine clue.
Children are born out of wedlock. Children are given little if any nurturing or guidance about right and wrong. Children are desensitized to violence through input coming at them from every direction.
Where has America’s conscience and common sense gone? God help this once rational country.
Janis K. Seward
Judge Kasich presiding
I could not believe my eyes when I opened Tuesday’s paper. An article said Gov. John Kasich spared the obese killer, Ronald Post (“Kasich spares obese killer but doesn’t cite his weight,” Dec. 18).
The legal system could save millions of dollars if it would just let Kasich hear all cases. This idea would cut out the middleman, which we call a jury.
This is the second time I have noticed that Kasich has granted clemency to a convicted person.
The first was the person in the Copley schools case, in which the defendant wasn’t even given a slap on her wrist. She really set a good example for her kids.
Now Judge Kasich has seen fit to spare a fat murderer from death. I just think he wasn’t so much of a fat slob that he couldn’t murder Helen Vantz, a motel clerk.
As far as I can see, Kasich keeps slapping the faces of the people who look to him for justice.
Lack of common decency
I still had tears in my eyes after reading the articles about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., when I came across the Buckeye Firearms ad on page A9.
Perhaps there were other firearm ads in the paper that day, but none was as noticeable, due to the Buckeye ad’s placement in the front section of the newspaper.
All I can say is, if I were the marketing person for Buckeye, I think I would have pulled that ad.
And, if the company didn’t have the common decency to do so, I think someone from the Beacon Journal should have intervened and pulled it.
Are advertising dollars so important that they transcend propriety and empathy?
Both parties should be ashamed.
Diet as a form of punishment
How did inmate Ronald Post get to 450 pounds on prison food? Where are the dieticians that the state pays to approve prisoner diets?
My recommendation is to put him on a balanced, 1,400-calorie menu until he reaches normal weight for his height.
Such a diet would probably be a more severe punishment for him than execution, anyway.
David C. Thomas