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President Obama is ‘transforming America’ into a ‘gun-free’ zone like Chicago

To The Daily Sun,

Oh, no! Absolutely incredible! Not another mass school shooting.

It sure is a good thing that two or three policemen, the first responders, were nearby at the time of this most recent incident in Oregon. They apparently were on patrol in the area, and were close enough to get there within minutes, and shoot the gunman dead almost as soon as they got there. It's too bad they hadn't been visiting the school and were actually inside the building for some reason a few minutes earlier. They could possibly have prevented some of those deaths if they had actually been on site, because they were able to kill the guy almost as soon as they arrived on scene. But in the time it took them to arrive, the gunman was able to shoot 20 people, killing 13.

It would even have been nice if some of the law-abiding teachers and/or students who were already there, had been allowed to carry their own weapons,concealed; people who would have already passed background checks, as well as demonstrate good character, knowledge and competence. But federal law prohibits that, because schools are required to be gun-free zones.

We wonder why so many mass shootings take place in schools, or in movie theaters, or hospitals. If it were you who wanted to commit this type of heinous crime, would you decide that a good place to do it would be a police station, or a gun store, or a National Guard Armory. Of course not! Why not?

If you wanted to take the most effective steps you could take to protect your home from a middle-of-the-night "home invader", or some other bad guy with a gun, would it make a lot of sense to put a sign on your front lawn that says, "Gun free zone — no guns allowed".

Obama came out in the first few hours after this terrible crime to politicize this horrible tragedy, to publicly repeat his ridiculous, unlawful and unconstitutional call for fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.

"Last weekend alone, Mr. President, over 50 people were shot on the streets of Chicago, your home town. Chicago has the most restrictive gun laws in the country. No concealed carry for the law-abiding folks there, Mr. President. No sir! No privately owned guns in cars; no privately owned guns at home. Yet the most gun crime per geographic area in the country is committed in Chicago.

If Obama and Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City were ever to have their way, the whole country, every single state, and every single city would instantly be transformed into one huge Chicago.

Now I see, maybe that's what Obama meant by "transforming America"...

Jim McCoole
Laconia

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Christians’ imperfections do not negate the truth of the Holy Bible

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Mr. Robert T. Joseph Jr.'s letter from Sept 30 — upon which he paints a broad stereotypical untrue picture of Christianity: The gentleman from New Hampton is certainly entitled to his view of the Christian faith and interpretation of the Bible, but to paint the picture that he did, that all Christians are bigots and hate mongers is not true, as his statements show a great disrespect to the Christian faith and the many who faithfully follow Christ daily and would lay down their lives as Christ did for anyone regardless of their race, creed or personal behaviors. Mr. Joseph in his letter points to verses in the Bible that does not take into context the full Gospel message and lacks discernment, compassion and understanding. Some of his statements contain some truth but not the whole truth.

History is clear that it was Christians such as William Wilberforce who launched the abolitionist movement to stop the slave trade in England. That movement was also present in America, with Founding Fathers such as Benjamin Rush who formed the first Abolitionist society, which eventually led to the Civil War in which led to freedom for slaves. It was Christians who stood up to right the wrong ending the national din of slavery.

Let's be very honest, America has been and still is the most charitable nation on the face of the earth. There is not enough room in a year's worth of daily editions of The Laconia Daily Sun to cover all that Christian charitable organizations and hospitals that have done so much good for so many over the years at home and abroad for the poor and needy. Certainly more than any government agency or program could ever accomplish. The Salvation Army, Samaritans Purse, World Vision, Catholic Charities, and on and on. It is because America is good that our nation has been a beacon of hope for so many. It is this reason people came here to seek the freedom that America offers. The Liberty Bell inscription Bible quote says it very eloquently: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof" Leviticus 25:10

The hate that Mr. Joseph refers to however does exist in the world since time began. This hate happens when people forget God and His laws. So yes there is bigotry, hatred, and corruption in the world, which the Bible tells us and Jesus sums up very simply. It is all called "sin". The Bible, if read openly and honestly, can do nothing less than convict each and every one of us of our sins. Romans 3:23 says clearly "all have sinned and fallen short". We are all responsible for our actions, and all accountable to God for those sins. The only hope for forgiveness is found by following Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins, by accepting the forgiveness and pardon for sin that Christ offered us when he died on the Cross and rose again for our sake.

Mr. Joseph is correct that God is love, however God is also a judge. He makes reference to the common denominator of blood which is the common bond of humanity, this is a great point. It is a great theological point as well. The Bible is clear that Jesus blood is the bond of all Christianity. It is his blood only that offers forgiveness of sin to all who believe and a changed heart to Love one another. The Bible tells us that without the shedding of blood (sacrifice) there is no forgiveness of sin. Hebrews 9:22 The Bible tells us "there is not one good person." "Only God is good" Psalm 14:2-4 The only answer is found in Christ Jesus. His perfect sinless blood cleanses us from sin. 1 John 1:7 says "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."

So are Christians perfect? Certainly not! Do Christians make mistakes? Yes! Does that negate the truth of the Holy Bible? Certainly not!

What Mr. Joseph fails to mention is that those who do not repent in this world and do not truly follow Christ hate him. Jesus said the world hates him because He testifies to it's evil works. John 7:7 Mr. Joseph appears to have the intent to slander Christians and use certain verses in the Bible to make an invalid point. I say invalid because he failed to take into context the entire Holy Bible and its full message to all humanity. We have sinned (God hates sin Proverbs 6:16-19) and that sin separates us from a loving God. God made a way to reconcile us to him via Jesus Christ. I for one certainly forgive him for any intended or unintended slander. It is my hope that Mr. Joseph seeks to be more understanding and forgiving. He is wished nothing but the best. "For the Son of Man (Jesus)came to seek and save the lost." Luke 19:10

Gary Torressen

Moultonborough

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