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Ultimately, it will be up to Congress to make changes to gun laws

To The Daily Sun,

I noticed Judith Ackerson's letter of Jan. 8 stating her contention that the U.S. Congress must enhance President Obama's recent executive order regarding federal firearms laws. A thorough, careful analysis of the president's order shows no real change in existing federal laws governing ownership, use, or misuse of firearms. As presidential executive orders merely instruct federal agencies on how to execute laws passed by Congress, it will be up to the legislative branch to change present law. Whether this will happen anytime soon is problematic.

I really do understand Ms. Ackerson's frustration that "we are under attack by gun laws that are antiquated and unable to protect law-abiding people," but several of her positions are not fully substantiated:

1. Her contention that the National Institute of Health was blocked by the NRA from publishing gun death statistics is probably in reference to the 2012 federal Appropriations Act stating that "none of the funds . . . may be used . . .  to advocate or promote gun control." In the 1990s, officials of the NIH's Center for Disease Control and Prevention testified before Congress that they would conduct research to prove that firearms were a "public health menace" — hardly an unbiased scientific approach to the problem. The National Rifle Association did protest this bias and in 1997 Congress voted not to fund such "research." This situation has continued to the present day. (American Psychological Association).

2. Her position that guns equate to motor vehicles confuses the state-granted permission (her word) to use private instruments (vehicles) on public property with the federally-sanctioned right of all citizens to use privately-owned instruments (arms) to protect their private persons and property (U.S. Constitution), and, when required, to protect their fellow citizens as well. (Title 10 USC Section 311)

3. She states that the "gun lobby" is concerned that registration of guns would lead to confiscation. I would remind her that in 1995 Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) stated that "If I could've gotten 51 votes in the Senate — for an outright ban, picking up all of them — I would have done it "(YouTube). Senator Feinstein is still in office. Twenty years later, in October 2015, at Keene, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated that "it would be worth considering" gun confiscation on the Australian model (US News&World Report).

4. Ms. Ackerson states that "nearly 90 percent of people . . .  want more gun regulations." That number apparently comes from polls taken in 2013/2014. After two days of plowing through opinionated blogs, self-serving polls and junk science "research," the closest I could come to that "fact" in 2015 was a Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg study stating that a majority (67 to 76 percent) of people surveyed support "laws to hold individuals accountable if they put guns into the wrong hands" (Daniel Webster, ScD MPH, Director Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research). I side with this majority also.

Again, I understand Judith's frustrations that nothing substantial is being done, on any level, to curb the misuse of firearms in the 21st Century United States. I feel the same way myself. Perhaps she and I could someday meet and further discuss this sorry situation. I'll buy the first round.

Bob Anderson

Hill

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Join a Tea Party group today and make sure your voice is heard

To The Daily Sun,

What a delight to read in the Letters to the Editor in The Daily Sun on Jan. 6, from five thoughtful, well-researched writers on politics in America. If there are that many who write, there must be hundreds more in this area that think the same way. Why, then, is there no improvement in our great country?

Some would say we don't want to go back to the 1950s because women and blacks had no rights. But women were expected to stay home with their children and teach them proper ways of civilized people: Courtesy, morals, good use of their time, care for others, and frugality. Now we leave our children in the care of others who are not allowed to discipline them or teach them any belief system, or that there might be a power greater than the state.

Now the middle class has to have both parents working just to feed and clothe and house their families. And it's easier today to have splintered families and only one parent working, while the other disappears or isn't working. Then Romney's 48 percent becomes more apparent.

According to Gene Danforth's research, the middle class in the Roman Empire vanished under high taxes and loss of currency valuation. With everyone receiving the government handouts, there was no one left to pay the taxes. Rome fell.

We see this happening here. I've read letters to The Sun complaining about road conditions, schools, and city governments. Where is all our money going? Our federal taxes go to Washington and we are doled-out certain pork amounts, but only if we request them through grants, then government strings are attached, growing the federal government even more. Our money goes to the deep-pocketed politicians and the poor recipients who vote for them.
We have wonderful local help for the poor in Laconia: food pantries, church soup kitchens, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, etc., not reliant on federal funds.

How can we stop this abyss? What happens to our beloved representatives who promise us the world, then disappear into Washington, D.C., or Concord? To be sure, there are many good reps, but not enough to support a great America.

Join a Tea Party group today and make sure your voice is heard. Go to www.lakesregionteaparty.net and sign up.

Peggy Graham
Sanbornton

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