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Good riddance '12, welcome '13

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webmaster | 12/29/12

Can we agree 2012 has been a tumultuous year? Severe drought was followed by some extreme storms wreaking havoc along the eastern seaboard.

Did the hysteria surrounding the prediction of the Mayan calendar contribute to the deplorable behavior of the disturbed individuals responsible for so many mass shootings? These tragedies will allow the anti-gun crowd to enact legislation restricting the lawful ownership of firearms.

Additional gun legislation isn’t the answer. “When guns are outlawed only the outlaws will have guns,” might be a trite cliché but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Guns in the hands of criminals aren’t lawfully obtained so more paperwork isn’t going to make any difference.

Money should be spent on metal detectors and increased security at schools and other public buildings. Armed security creates job opportunities. We should cut foreign aid and redeploy our armed forces to civilian security. Spend the money on sheriff departments in every county; pour additional money into city police departments. Beef up state police, highway patrol and the FBI. More cops on the street would make everyone safer and we should build a lot more prisons...


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