Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TNT: Photo of child with gun inappropriate

Letter by Beverly J. McCoskey, Gig Harbor on July 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm with 42 Comments »
July 23, 2012 2:38 pm

You cannot imagine my shock and disgust to open the paper and see a picture of a child behind a machine gun! Even if it was innocuously labeled “Kids’ Boot Camp” at JBLM , The News Tribune’s choice to publish that particular photo (TNT, 7-20) was disturbing.

Haven’t we heard enough about the dangers of guns and children lately? The timing of course was unfortunate, although there was no way to anticipate the horrendous tragedy of the shooting in Colorado. While I support the right of people to own a gun, I also support the need for gun control laws.

No one outside of the military and/or police officers should be allowed to buy and own a weapon of mass destruction. Why would anyone else need or want a WMD? There have been too many incidents in the past to show the many reasons why those kinds of weapons should not be allowed to be sold or purchased at all. What does it take to learn a lesson here? We do not need to show a child how a machine gun operates.

 

Leave a comment Comments → 42
  1. sumyungboi says:

    Well Beverly, you can teach gun safety at an early age, or you can wait for you kid to find the gun that belongs to his friends dad, and pretend that he’s Rambo and start pointing it at people. Personally, I’m glad that my own kids learned at a very early age what happens at the business end, and the respect these things demand. Let’s hope yours don’t kill themselves or others because of their upbringing.

  2. truthbusterguy says:

    Guns are marvelous tools. That’s why we fight wars with them. On a smaller scale, we also defend ourselves with them, we hunt with them, obtain food with them, control dangerous predators like bears and mountain lions with them, control animal populations like deer that would otherwise suffer unless culled, signal the start of sporting events with them, and use them in marksmanship competitions.

    Guns are part of American and when used in war they are a moral tool for freedom. They are also a tool that the founding fathers wanted us to have to defend ourselves in this country against attack.

    Get used to it, guns are here to stay. If you were smart you would get one, learn how to use it and when you get the 3AM burglar in your house you use it.

  3. sumyungboi, I teach my kids about fire safety but not by having them light gasoline on fire. And then keeping a steady supply the combustibles. I teach my kids about the birds and the bees, but I don’t expose them to it. I also ASK every parent of my kids’ friends if they have firearms in their homes, and if they do then their kids are welcome to play at my gunless home. So far, none of my kids friends’ parents have firearms in their homes.

  4. sumyungboi says:

    Frida, you obviously don’t teach your kids gun safety. You know how proggies are so fond of arming little kids with rubbers, because hey, they’re going to do it anyway, right? Nuff said.

    Frida: ” I also ASK every parent of my kids’ friends if they have firearms in their homes”

    Good luck with that.

  5. surething says:

    Yawn.

  6. Wake up surething

  7. LeePHill says:

    is the opposite of a proggie a ‘connie’?

    It would probably work if someone is not a boi

  8. Frida, your “friends” lied or they are hippie idiots waiting for tradegy. When they get robbed, they will blame the police or society. Others will proudly and honorably defend their families, instead of hope and blame.

    Ask your “friends” if their guns are secured and their children trained on safety. Will make you look less extreme.

  9. mcgintey says:

    How many more innocent people were killed by guns than the few households protected from intruders? The numbers are staggering and it’s way past due to do something about it. But our lawmakers are cowards.

  10. sumyungboi says:

    lee, funny to see you back after you exposed yourself as that paranoid kid with many monikers that thinks I’m some chick stalking him online. Sheesh!

  11. sumyungboi says:

    Sorry, Mginty, there’s this pesky little thing called “The Bill of Rights”

    There’s well over ten thousand alcohol related traffic deaths each year in the USA, and drinking and driving _IS_ illegal, yet it doesn’t seem to stop people. All gun bans have ever done, wherever they’re tried, is to relieve law abiding citizens of their guns. Criminals have never had trouble getting ahold of them, and as the old saying goes, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

  12. averageJose says:

    No kidding Bev… imagine our shock when we saw the photo of the anti 2nd amendment Diane Feinstein with her finger on the trigger of an AK47 waving it around at the crowd of listeners. LMAO (glad I wasn’t there)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46116019@N00/434863643/

    Jill Labbe, “Guns nowhere as dangerous as liberals who can’t handle them”

  13. more than 84 people are killed daily with guns to the shocking statistic that there are more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.

    ct7 – again, alcohol traffic related fatalities are shocking. And, yes, the consequences for DUI should be increased immensely – but that is not an excuse for gun violence which must be dealt with.

    As Michael Moore in Bowling for Columbine and more recently Henry Giroux http://truth-out.org/news/item/10469-colorado-shooting-is-about-more-than-gun-culture have noted, this isn’t just about the US affection for guns – it is about our culture of fear, paranoia and violence. Gun control isn’t going to change that.

    However…….”assault” type weapons should require rigorous background checks before purchase.

  14. LeePHill says:

    Does the bill of rights guarantee that everyone should have a nuclear weapon? No more than it guarantees the right to own an assault rifle.

    THIS is the funniest CT7ism yet….

    “CT7 says:
    July 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm Frida, your “friends” lied or they are hippie idiots waiting for tradegy. When they get robbed, they will blame the police or society. Others will proudly and honorably defend their families, instead of hope and blame.
    Ask your “friends” if their guns are secured and their children trained on safety. Will make you look less extreme.”

    You look less extreme if you are paranoid about being a victim of robbery, so you have a gun…..yeah….uh huh….

    What a tadegy!!!

  15. LeePHill says:

    I wonder….in this day and age of digital….could anyone find a more grainy picture of Feinstein?

    I wonder how much it was doctored.

    Even the pictures of Palin in a bikini with a weapon looked less faked

  16. NWflyfisher says:

    mcginty: You said the numbers are staggering. Are they? I don’t know about that. Please post the figures for both citing the source you use to get those numbers. Without facts and figures, your claim that the numbers are staggering is nothing but sensationalism.

  17. Welcome to the warm and fuzzy Pacific Northwest!

    These days when a kid can no doubt, get into trouble at school, probably be subjected to “therapy” or a correcting “drug regimen” for simply drawing a picture of a gun, a ridiculous letter like this is to be expected. Kind of ironic too, that when I attended public school right here in Tacoma some 40 plus years ago, I was a member of the RIFLE CLUB!! Yep, right here in warm, fuzzy Tacoma we would meet after school, where a school staff member (former World War Two Pacific Theater Marine) would teach us young kids the finer points of marksmanship and weapon safety!!

    Hate to break this to the whacky and worry filled, but none of that valuable experience turned any of us into homicidal, gun toting maniacs!

  18. imagine our shock when we saw the photo of the anti 2nd amendment Diane Feinstein with her finger on the trigger of an AK47 waving it around at the crowd of listeners.

    No kidding, aj. But that pales in comparison to the image of Hanoi Jane Fonda in her NVR helmet, manning an anti-aircraft artillery piece in Hanoi during the Vietnam war.

    Obviously, the thrill of being on the “distributing end” of a WMD (LMFAO, hyperbole much, Beverly?) is the reason for their respective unstable conditions.

  19. averageJose says:

    I’ve heard that doctors are 9,000 times more deadly than gun owners.

  20. averageJose says:

    3.41 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes each year.8

  21. more than 84 people are killed daily with guns to the shocking statistic that there are more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.

    bB, you’re parroting the anti-gun lobby meme here. The truth is that of those 30,000 deaths, 55% were suicides! (Actually, the total was roughly 31,000 in 2005 – the last year such data were available… or at least that I could find.)

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-06-30-3858863648_x.htm

    And since 2008, “gun-related suicides have outnumbered firearm homicides and accidents for 20 of the last 25 years.”

    The actual gun-related deaths breakdown:
    – 55% death by suicide
    – 40% death by homicide
    – 3% accidental death
    – 2% justifiable death

    (And the longer 0bama remains president… )

    So… are you suggesting that in your utopian gunless world the 98% of non-justified gun-related deaths would not occur? You know as well as I that the suicidal will commit suicide, and the homicidal will commit homicide – they’ll simply find other means. And the justifiable gun deaths will change little – if at all.

    So that leaves us with the unfortunate 3% accidental gun-related deaths. Sorry, but to a vast majority of freedom-loving Americans, sacrificing a Constitutionally guaranteed right – any Constitutionally guaranteed right – so the nanny-state could spare less than 1,000 lives, annually/ nationally, would not be acceptable – and not just on Darwinian grounds. This is not even a question of acceptable risk, given the millions of other opportunities that are available for accidental death.

  22. LeePHill says:

    “averageJose says:
    July 24, 2012 at 8:07 am 3.41 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes each year.8″

    What a great reason for the EPA to exist

  23. Bb, I never mentioned DUIs, as I think it is unrelated. I did mention Chicago, the war zone run by BHOs buddy.

    Hill, how many people in Africa died after the ban on DDT?

  24. sumyungboi says:

    lee: “Does the bill of rights guarantee that everyone should have a nuclear weapon? No more than it guarantees the right to own an assault rifle.”

    The Bill of Rights addresses neither in detail. It does address “arms” meaning “armaments”, which, as everyone knows, refers to military arms. The Bill of Rights either refers to all arms when describing The Second Amendment, or the entire document is trash.

    I know you _think_ you made perfect sense, but you’ve demonstrated your lack of understanding of The Bill of Rights. It’s not there to protect people from other people, individuals, cops, and local laws do that. It’s there to protect people from the federal government.

  25. I think bridges should be banned. I heard that jumping from one is the preferred means of suicide among some people. Where is it written in the Constitution that bridges are allowed anyway?

  26. I think lakes and rivers and swimming pools should be banned as well. Where is it written that people should be allowed to swim and drown themselves?

  27. Ortingmom says:

    What does it take to learn a lesson here? We do not need to show a child how a machine gun operates.

    Leave that up to the childs parents to decide.

  28. LeePHill says:

    I know you _think_ you made perfect sense, but you’ve demonstrated your lack of understanding of The Bill of Rights.

    Oh really???

    Here is what I understand about the 2nd Amendment:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Now, since I read English quite well, I can see that the amendment was written for the purpose of a militia, and not for the purpose of people who suffer from penis envy having the need of weaponry that exceeds the weapons for which the amendment was written – a single shot musket.

    We must keep in mind that I’m not in the business of making millions of dollars selling guns, so my understanding of the amendment is limited to the words that were written, and not some “interpretation”.

    As to weaponry in general, I find it humorous that the same people who claim the right to own what they want, are the same people that would tell another country what they could own.

  29. LeePHill says:

    CT7 – are you incapable of finding your own answers on the internet?

  30. averageJose says:

    LOL… you’re projecting again Larr.

  31. sumyungboi says:

    lee: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State ..”

    See how beautiful that is? And if the government tries to infringe upon that right, the security of a free state is imperiled.

    lee: “.. the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    See how easy that is?

    If the writers were simply talking about federal regulation a quasi-military outfit why would there even need to be a constitutional amendment, contained in The Bill of Rights which otherwise describes individual and states rights that the federal government can’t intrude upon? You guys like to pop off, but you sure don’t think things through.

  32. LeePHill says:

    Take a history class, boi. You don’t even have that part right.

    You are just crowing the version that popped up in the 20th century because of the NRA’s lobbying efforts.

  33. LeePHill says:

    http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/hidhist.htm

    Here’s a starter for you

  34. sumyungboi says:

    Don’t really need to visit the website that your ninth grade teacher showed you last week.

    But rather than simply parrot what other people say, explain to me why the writers felt compelled to include The Second Amendment if, like you and your ilk claim, it’s simply about government regulating a militia. Why would they need to do that, since they could have done that without an amendment. In fact, the amendment makes the opposite of sense in that case.

  35. LeePHill says:

    I see.

    You can’t handle the truth, so you act like the 9th grader, in lieu of learning. No, sorry…make that 3rd grader….

  36. LeePHill says:

    Avoid at all costs….something that comes from a learning institution.

  37. sumyungboi says:

    Actually, it’s called being an adult, and thinking on your own, as opposed to simply pasting web addresses so I can read someone else’s thoughts.

    I notice you couldn’t answer my question.

  38. averageJose says:

    VPC … LOL. No agenda there.

  39. 14 year old junk. Congrats Hill, you wasted 1 minute of my time. For the slave owners? What a joke.

    Really, your problem is that you believe any leftist junk you read, without asking yourself what their agenda is.

  40. LeePHill, so if don’t like the 2nd Amendment, change it or stop your whining.

  41. But CT7, you missed the best part of Larry’s link; it’s citing a study by “law professor Carl T. Bogus”, ROTFLMFAO!!!!

  42. Believeit says:

    To put the photo in context, these events at JBLM are held for family members (and occasionally the public) so that they might become familiar with the things/equipment that their military members use. It’s a shame that we have a public that is so detached from it’s military that they turn a photo like this into a discussion of gun control and weapons of mass destruction (never heard a machine gun referred to as a WMD but I guess that’s not too much of a stretch for this letter writer). I’d worry more about children becoming desesitized by spending time at shooter video games than I would about this photo.

*
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0