John Lott made the case for increasing the number of handguns in society as a deterrent to crime in his book, More Guns, Less Crime.

To me, it seems more likely to lead to bigger guns. In the past, except for some time in the military, I have had no problem going about my daily business without a firearm.

However, as concealed carry permits become as common as a driver’s license, it seems less and less prudent to go about unarmed.

It will be a sad day for America when the right to bear arms leads to the necessity to carry them.

We don’t see this level of paranoia in Canada, Europe, Japan or Australia, where gun regulations are accepted facts of life.

Neither do we see citizens in those countries quaking in their boots over fears of invasion by foreign infidels or enslavement by their own elected officials.

Regulations in those countries, while still allowing for the private ownership of firearms, have reduced incidents of gun violence to a fraction of those in the United States. It may be really cool to shoot grizzlies in Alaska, but it is far less cool to be shooting teenagers on the streets of Orlando.

As the Second Amendment does not recognize the difference, it falls to lawmakers to implement regulations that will allow the one while discouraging the other.

Lawmakers’ reluctance to take on this responsibility is at the heart of our gun violence problem.

This failure to act currently has us on track to realize the National Rifle Association’s utopian dream of a handgun in every coat pocket.

However, there may still be an opportunity for people of good conscience to turn the force of reason onto this uniquely American public policy embarrassment.

The regulations being proposed in Congress will, at best, only slow down the tsunami of firearms currently engulfing the nation. They will not, as many are claiming, end the American way of life as we know it.

On second thought, following recent revelations concerning potential domestic use of drones, it may be time to reconsider installing that quad .50 in the backyard by the kids’ play set, just in case.

Ed Hastings

Wooster

Job for ?the governor

State Auditor David Yost has challenged Gov. John Kasich’s JobsOhio, demanding that the use of its funds be revealed to Ohio citizens. What is JobsOhio? We are told that it is a nonprofit organization created to seek jobs for Ohio workers. It uses private and public funds.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern sees the possibility of private donors seeking favors from the governor.

All of this leads me to what may be considered a minor concern about the use of these private funds.

Leaving a mountain of work behind, Kasich accepted an invitation from the World Economic Forum to attend its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, with two staffers. Kasich burst onto the scene and proceeded to play in the fields of the “monied” interests.

He served on four panels. Among those in attendance were Japanese executives and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. The trip was paid for by JobsOhio.

Kasich’s account of his Davos visit appeared to be a sincere effort to provide jobs. But I can’t help wondering if there was another unmentioned reason for his visit.

Could it be to burnish his qualifications as a world leader when he runs for president in 2016?

Celine E. Riedel

Avon Lake

Our national ?spending problem

Many now question why our politicians and lap dog media complained about the March 1 deadline for sequestration (the automatic spending cuts requested by President Obama and Congress) being catastrophic.

It actually reduced spending in the remaining months of 2013 by $44 billion, not $85 billion for 12 months.

As a percentage of our debt of $16.4 trillion, that’s like a person making $100,000 per year losing a quarter. There are no “cuts,”only reductions in budgeted dollars.

Let’s say you are working at a job making $13 per hour in July 2012, and your boss says you will get a $1 raise on March 1, but instead of $1 per hour, you receive 90 cents.

You received more money, but less than expected.

Major news outlets, plus the president and Democratic politicians, went out of their way to create a sense of a crisis. Wouldn’t it be nice if they just told the truth?

We have a spending problem. You can’t borrow 40 cents of every dollar spent and not go bankrupt. Look at your own budget.

Frankly, tours of the White House being canceled was politically motivated. There are volunteers who donate time to help with these tours. Donald Trump offered to pay for tours for the remainder of 2013. His offer was rejected. Isn’t that just too obvious?

Karl Kiener

Hartville

American prisoner ?in Afghanistan

It has been said that when one American is not worth the effort to be found, we as Americans have lost. Today is U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s 27th birthday and his fourth birthday as a captive

Bergdahl was captured June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan and is our only known live prisoner of war.

How many Americans are aware of his capture? How many Americans care? Judging by the lack of media reporting, I’m afraid he has been forgotten. But I will never forget, nor will my fellow veterans.

We honor the code, “Leave no man behind,” and remind our elected officials that we will remember what they do to bring him home.

Would you get involved if he was your family? I ask everyone to contact President Obama, their members of Congress and other elected officials to demand they do everything possible to find Bergdahl and bring him home.

Mike Hoofman

Sgt., U.S. Marine Corps, 1965-1969

Vietnam veteran

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