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Unlike Obama’s, Ayotte’s plan would have made a difference

To the editor,
So now after months of full throated debates and super heated rhetoric, our politicians are pontificating about the necessity of keeping our 2nd Amendment intact. Democrats, liberals and other assorted progressives claim such talk is tantamount to conspiracy, "black helicopters" nonsense. Which is rather humorous when you think about it since they have been so busy micromanaging every aspect of the lives of citizens while putting the brakes on their freedoms and independence. You know, not so unlike "helicopter parents".
Getting back to that "black helicopter" distraction tactic by the progressive Democrats, let's just see how crazy, off the wall, it really is. Senator Diane Feinstein is on record as having said that if she had the votes, she would confiscate the guns right now. John Lott, an academician who was on the University of Chicago faculty with Barack Obama, offers the following insight about our president: While he was on the law faculty, he apparently expressed his opinion that he did not believe anyone has the right to own a gun. You don't suppose there are any other Democrats who privately express similar sentiments do you? It is pretty clear to many, including Ted Cruz, that this "gun control bill" was about assaulting the 2nd Amendment and had nothing to do with protecting our youth, and that is why it was defeated. President Obama pretends to be honoring the grieving of parents while selling their tears for political power and that is truly unconscionable.
Senator Ted Cruz reminds us about that which is often left unsaid about universal background checks. He reports the Department of Justice's take on this issue: "the only way you can have universal background checks work is to have a national, federal gun registry list of every firearm owned by every law abiding citizen". Ted assures us that this is clearly inconsistent with the 2nd Amendment. More ominously, he reminds us that historically this move has led to taxation, regulation and finally confiscation. We do need to revamp our mental health system which has been a critical component in these mass killings. However, a national registry where a bureaucrat could decide you can't have a gun because you once took a medication for anxiety or depression or were given a diagnosis of adjustment disorder so your insurance would pay for you to see a therapist, would be right up the alley of our "nanny statists" and their dream goal of firearm confiscation.
Here's a succinct query from Thomas Sowell directed at the anti-gun crowd: "since there is no compelling evidence that tighter gun control laws actually reduce crime rates, why are we being stampeded toward such laws after every shooting that gets media attention?" Thomas goes on to assert that "gun control has become one of those fact free crusades, based on assumptions, emotion and rhetoric".
This brings me to the elephant gun in the progressive room, where one might think the Democrats would rather play Donkey Kong while smoking a bong than bring to light that which they would prefer remain unspoken for all eternity. The CATO Institute estimates up to a hundred thousand defensive uses of guns per year. Untold lives are saved every year by trained, legal gun owners. The Democrats and their water-toting media mules only let you know about the small minority of cases where the defensive action failed. Also left unspoken is the numerous lives saved just because the criminal element left citizens alone cuz they knew they were packing heat.
President Obama had a real chance to make a difference in the lives of children after the sickening Sandy Hook murders. Instead, he chose to add to our gastrointestinal distress by using the deep, emotional turmoil of the grieving parents to attack the GOP and the NRA as he put forth a gun bill that would, more than likely, do absolutely nothing to prevent another massacre of school children. A bill that was almost 800 pages in length, the details of which he kept us all in the dark about, illuminating only his shameful, political posturing.
Kelly Ayotte has presented a plan that actually could make a difference in potentially saving the lives of children and getting criminals off of our streets. The "Protecting Communities and Preserving the 2nd Amendment Act", that she has sponsored along with Ted Cruz and Charles Grassley, would actually help law enforcement officers perform proper background checks, allow for harsher penalties for illegal gun activity, while increasing prosecution of gun crimes, and thereby offering a greater degree of security and safety in our schools. It is painfully clear to me that our dear leader is not really concerned about curbing human caused violence, but rather exacting political revenge by coercing grieving parents into believing they can make a difference by hitching their pain to his pandering train of power politics.
Yet, Kelly gets a "shame on you" from the likes of Bernadette Loesch, Lynn Rudmin Chong, James Veverka and the gang at Moveon.org, while our "Performer-in-Chief" gets yet another pass, even after his adolescent tantrum on national TV when he didn't get his way. Your actions in this matter have been sad, shameful and potentially deadly, Mr. President. Congratulations to Kelly Ayotte for taking positive action by offering real solutions in a transparent fashion and showing an ability to put the health of our schools and communities ahead of politics Now that's some real community organizing.
Russ Wiles

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:07

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People only believe in evolution because they’ve been brainwashed

To the editor,
Does Darwinian evolution belong in the science textbooks? Science is based upon observation and experiment,and evolution hasn't been observed nor can it be experimented with. That means its a system of faith, i.e. a religion. And I thought religion wasn't allowed in school? It's stupid,has anyone ever seen a crocoduck? It's dangerous Adolf Hitler used it to implement his final solution and one of the Columbine killers wore a T-shirt the day of the massacre with the words "Natural Selection" on it. People only believe it because they are brainwashed or because they are intimidated into doing so by things like lawsuits brought on by the ACLU.
Science once believed the Earth was a flat disk, but now we know it is a sphere,and yet the Bible, also not allowed in school, said this years before we discovered it (Isaiah 40:22). And Christopher Columbus gets the credit in the history textbooks. Why should we pay for such things to be taught in public school? Isn't it time we stood up and said something against this intellectual terrorism?
Leonard Hanley

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:50

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Ayotte is scared of NRA when she should be scared of NH voters

To the editor,
Kelly Ayotte's position on the background checks, as stated to the daughter of the Sandy Hook principal, shows her lack of understanding of the purpose of the checks. She said thousands were prevented from buying guns because of the limited ones now in effect. She then went on to say that only a handful had been prosecuted. As I understand the purpose, it is to keep bad characters from buying these guns. Expanding the checks, as the bill proposes, would expand them to gun shows and other venues.
She is scared of the NRA, which is crowing about their victory. Let her know that she should be scared of the voters in N.H. instead. She does not represent the majority of us.
Kent Warner
Center Harbor

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:46

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Sponsors of HB-573 are willing to agree to reasonable compromise

To the editor,
My wife Cindy has been battling breast cancer for more than 20 years. She is currently undergoing treatments that keep her cancer at bay, but the treatments cause her to feel constantly sick, and anti-nausea drugs just haven't helped.
Desperate for relief, she tried medical marijuana, and it made a big difference. Unfortunately, we have no legal way of obtaining it. That's why I co-sponsored HB-573, which would allow cultivation of up to three plants for each qualifying patient and also for the creation of five state-regulated alternative treatment centers.
The home cultivation provision is essential for three reasons. First, patients in Cindy's situation can't afford to wait two or more years for the centers to open. Second, when the centers finally do open, their products will be more expensive than many patients can afford, on top of all their other medical bills. Finally, it is irrational to make medical marijuana legal for patients who are suffering, yet maintain felony penalties against patients who grow a few plants for themselves!
Patients like Cindy need access to medical marijuana now, and all we're asking for is to be protected from arrest if we choose to grow a few plants — just as patients in Vermont, Maine, and many other states are protected.
Is this really too much to ask in the "Live Free or Die" state? The House didn't think so — my colleagues and I passed the bill 286-64 with overwhelming bipartisan support, and last year 10 Republican senators voted for a bill allowing limited cultivation. Unfortunately, Gov. Hassan has now told senators they need to remove the home cultivation provision from HB-573 if they want the bill to become law.
This is crushing news for patients like Cindy who need relief today, not years down the road. To add insult to injury, in 2009, Gov. Hassan voted for a bill (HB-648) that would have allowed patients to cultivate up to six plants — twice as many as would be allowed under HB-573 and with fewer restrictions! Why would she change her position and turn a blind eye to the immediate needs of patients now that she is governor?
Sadly, we know the answer to this question. The only group that has been lobbying to remove the home cultivation provision is the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association. Enfield Chief Richard Crate and a few of his fellow chiefs have been fighting this bill for years. Their desire to maintain criminal penalties against seriously ill patients is cruel, heartless, and just plain wrong.
We are all raised to respect the police, and I share that respect, but in this case it is clear that a small number of police chiefs have crossed the line in lobbying against this compassionate provision.
Gov. Hassan needs to end this nightmare for patients, and the only way to do so is for her to reconsider and find a way to compromise with patients on home cultivation. Most of all, she needs to understand that the needs of seriously ill patients are more important than the preferences of a few vocal police chiefs.
The sponsors of HB-573 remain willing to agree to any reasonable compromise, and we very strongly urge Gov. Hassan to work with us on a solution that will serve the needs of patients in the immediate future.
Again, all we are asking for is compassion and a small measure of protection under New Hampshire law!
Rep. Ted Wright

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:43

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Fields shenanigans are why good conservatives leave the GOP

To the editor,
In response to the front page article entitled "Sanbornton Rep says he's ashamed of County Delegation":
Representative Fields made a lot of charges and allegations in the article. For me, the most egregious one was the threat that he had to "toe the line" or be removed from his clerk post. Having been at numerous county budget meetings, and thus privy to Rep. Fields childish antics, I would have to commend Chairman Worsman for her incredible patience and grace under extreme duress.
Rep. Fields likes to use a particular phrase, "secret meeting(s)". He used it in the article and I have heard him use it in open meetings. I do not wish to appear unseemly, yet I would respectfully point out that a caucus is completely legal and that both party's routinely engage in them. What is discussed in them is supposed to be kept private among the participants. There are no smoke filled, back rooms, nor black cloaked figures here. The representative did a great job of smearing the entire delegation with the broad brush of suspicion. Yet, if you look past the allegations, there is nothing of substance there.
We can use this entire story to point out exactly why good conservative and liberty-leaning Republicans have left our party. These kinds of childish shenanigans damage the good name and reputation of the Grand Old Party, and do little to endear us to the public. It is no wonder that conservatives have bolted from the party and the Tea Party type groups have arisen.
Our party should require some basic level of loyalty to party and platform. Further, we should require that our Republican elected officials comport themselves with the proper dignity that each office requires. If we do not, we will see a further erosion of public support and confidence in our Republican Brand and values.
Don Walker, Co-Founder
Belknap County Conservative Republicans

Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:36

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