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4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Don't take our guns

New York's ex-mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is putting up $50 million of his own money to fight the NRA. He doesn't want people to think he is trying to throw out the Second Amendment. He would never do that!

His excuse is he wants to protect children.

If Bloomberg really wants to protect children, he should use his $50 million to educate children about the dangers of drugs and to fight those who sell drugs to children. He could donate it to charities that help feed, clothe and house families this administration put out of work.

How about paying for health insurance for some Americans (not illegal aliens) who have lost their insurance policies and/ or doctors because of Obamacare?

We just had a teenager attack and kill people at a school using a knife. Same thing happened this week in Canada.

Is Bloomberg going to spend money to close down manufacturing and sales of sharp knives? What's next? Hammers, rope or maybe sharp forks?

These poor misguided Easterners (like Bloomberg ) have yet to realize the NRA is not a corporation, a business or some standalone entity. People from the South, Midwest and, most of all, many people from the West are the NRA.

The NRA is "We the people."

If Bloomberg and this administration think the people who rallied around Cliven Bundy and his cattle in Nevada were just a few crazy people, they are in for one huge surprise. Try taking guns away from Americans and see just how many millions of people rally 'round the flag! Our founding fathers put in the Second Amendment so we could protect ourselves from a government gone wrong.

Bloomberg, spend your $50 million to do some good for Americans rather than throwing it away trying to beat us down.

Sandee Samoska

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: vock canyon

I like to go for a walk in the desert, with the re-introduction of the grey wolf, how am I going to protect myself???? throw rocks at it???? I'd love to believe in my fellow human being's kindness, but.....

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: @Frank Lee Speaking .....

CONGRATS, you won the British Army Award - lost every battle but the last one, and won the war!

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

Things being what they are nowadays.......I prefer my guns be the same way obama prefers his voters..........UNDOCUMENTED.

LOL


Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“...almost forgot A.N…how did you like one of your books being printed in Malaysia?”

One has to love the experts who post here covering everything from the Constitution, to police procedures, to how writers and publishers work.

Obviously, Vic, you have no concept of the writing or publishing business and need to be informed that the author of a book has absolutely no say in where a book will be produced.

In the case of “Route 66 - Spirit of the Mother Road,” I was approached by the publisher to write the book, signed a contract to do so, fulfilled my contract and was paid. That was the end of my involvement with the production of the book.

To address your question, was I happy when I saw it had been printed in Malaysia? Not really, but I had no input into the decision regarding the printing.

And in the spirit of full disclosure I should point out (before LOL has a fit) that “Trailer Trash – The World of Trailers and Mobile Homes in the Southwest” was printed in Canada – also not my decision, but that of the publisher.


Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


@DUH

“I remember you using quotes from movies as proof of your ridiculous claims in the past.”

Nope, never did that. But feel free to search the archives and attempt to prove it.

“You will not back down even though you are made to look a fool with several posters giving you proof that you are not correct.”

When actually proven to be error I have backed down, always.

“Hahhahahahaha - this from the person who comments on every post by Athens, and keeps baiting her because you just can't help yourself.”

Hahahahahahahaha – I have never “baited” Ms Athens. I have responded for years to her nonsense ranging from Birther foolishness to outright falsehoods about the lying crook Bundy and her voting for JFK in 1960. No need to “bait” someone who provides a never ending litany of false information.

Once again – don’t like my comments – don’t read them.

BTW love your pseudonym – so appropriate - almost as good as LOL's!


Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Article comment by: Uh Duh

"I care because these pages have been filled – for years – with garbage dredged up from the lowest forms of discourse and someone needs to correct this trash with facts and not goofy rubbish copied from specious e-mails."

That wouldn't be you for sure you spew noxious junk of your own and usually refuse to give any non-biased credible sources so you must be talking about someone else. I remember you using quotes from movies as proof of your ridiculous claims in the past. You will not back down even though you are made to look a fool with several posters giving you proof that you are not correct. You are the very definition of the pot calling the kettle black.

"Suggestion – don’t like my comments, don’t read them. See how easy that is?"

Hahhahahahaha - this from the person who comments on every post by Athens, and keeps baiting her because you just can't help yourself. Take your own advice.



Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“What makes you a judge of what is appalling to anyone but yourself?”

Since this is an “opinions” section I feel I have the right to reach conclusions and express my opinions just as the righties do when they insist upon sticking their collective noses in everyone’s business, ranging from a woman’s right to make a legal medical decision to what others do with their genitalia.

“At what point does someones words become appalling?”

When those words offend common decency or attack others with wild-eyed assertions with no basis in fact.

“And why do you even care?”

I care because these pages have been filled – for years – with garbage dredged up from the lowest forms of discourse and someone needs to correct this trash with facts and not goofy rubbish copied from specious e-mails.

Suggestion – don’t like my comments, don’t read them. See how easy that is?


Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Uh Duh

"Same here, the garbage tossed around here about peoples religious beliefs by so called "Christians" here is truly appalling."

Is it more appalling than garbage tossed by people who do not call themselves "Christians"? What makes you a judge of what is appalling to anyone but yourself? At what point does someones words become appalling? And why do you even care?



Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Oh, I also feel badly for people who denigrate other peoples beliefs or religion."

Same here, the garbage tossed around here about peoples religious beliefs by so called "Christians" here is truly appalling.


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Oh gosh...almost forgot A.N.

As probably one of the biggest local criticizers of companies moving things offshore, how did you like one of your books being printed in Malaysia?


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: R H

Don't phrase it like THAT ("Don't take our guns"). That implies consent . The proper language is "You WILL NOT take our guns" .

Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"..is indicative of jealousy over the accomplishments of another."

Well, I can't help you with your feelings, but I'm not jealous of you or anyone else. I specifically used "writer" to differentiate from a writer only on these comment pages.
I've had a very fulfilling and satisfying life, visited many countries, traveled widely, and seen things that a majority of people never will. Never cheated or lied to try to improve my position. Never bragged to anyone about my successes (well, except maybe for a job interview or reminiscing about military times). So, I'm not jealous of anyone.

I do feel sorry for a lot of people that are so closed minded they can't admit they made an error or that only their way is the right way or who constantly tell stories about their hardships (or accomplishments for that matter), as if that somehow makes them more knowledgeable about something. That's about it.

Oh, I also feel badly for people who denigrate other peoples beliefs or religion. "Don't like a belief/political party/religion, don't be in it. In all other cases mind your own business".

Hope that clears things up.


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Too Funny

"But then the righties loved The Great Depression and hated the fact that working-class Americans had leisure time, good pay and access to health care."

This misinformation is a bigoted lie. I want to see your source and proof.



Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Too Funny

" I don't remember where I read it but that doesn't mean it is not true now does it."

Hahahahaha good grief.

Here from Slate:

"Media outlets such as Fox News and MSNBC have a negative impact on people’s current events knowledge, while NPR and Sunday morning political talk shows are the most informative sources of news, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s newest PublicMind survey."

And there are more articles. Just keep in mind, that polls are less than scientific and readily skewed.



Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Fox Hound

The Constitution was never intended to be the source of what the citizens are allowed to do. It is a document that gives very specific duties/powers to the government. Any power or function for the fed. that is not expressly granted in the Constitution, is left to the people or the states.

As far as the Second Amendment, the restrictions are on the government. The words, "shall not be infringed", mean that the government cannot interfere with the citizens' right to bear arms in any way.

Talk about people being less informed .....


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@VIC

“…since he's a ‘writer’, he knows the correct usage of every word ever written.”

I have to admit at being rather surprised and disappointed in the above comment.

I have never suggested I know “the correct usage of every word ever written.” However, I welcome your posting where I made such a comment, or even a comment approximating it.

Your use of the word “writer” in parenthesis would seem to indicate you feel I am not a writer, which I will accept as your misguided opinion and nothing more. I will point out that for nearly three decades I have been paid as a writer. I have had over a dozen books published, both fiction and non-fiction (with seven still in print), published hundreds of articles, along with book and film reviews and I continue to be paid for my work. Even my public radio news broadcasts consist of stories I have written.

With that “writer” comment you have slipped into the strange world of LOL where the actual comprehension of facts is impossible. I feel your using the label “writer” is indicative of jealousy over the accomplishments of another.


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew



@DeeGee

“No, you don't ‘got it’! I think only setting your sights on ‘middle class’ is a bad thing and celebrating it is even worse!”

Oh, no, I definitely “got it” and am puzzled by why you feel the phenomenal growth of our nations middles class in the 1950s/60s could ever be considered as a bad thing? But then the righties loved The Great Depression and hated the fact that working-class Americans had leisure time, good pay and access to health care.


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Facts is what you want Frank Lee unless they don't go along with your point of view.Ok here is one for you . Polls show that people who watch Fox are less informed than people who don't watch any news program at all. Now of course you will want a link for that so go look it up yourself. I don't remember where I read it but that doesn't mean it is not true now does it. And what part of a well regulated Militia don't you understand? The constitution does not say individuals have a right to military style weapons. Just another fact you truth tellers seem to not understand. And because you love to back everything up can you give us a list of names of lefties as you like to call them that have proposed laws that will take away your guns.

Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Too Funny

"Perhaps you should stop “thinking.” "

Hahahahaha - made you pull out the thesaurus. It is still used incorrectly in your comment though.

"If you say so, but no more than “leftist,” which I notice you do not whine about."

No problem - show me a post that says "only a leftist" and I will whine about it. Here, I will whine about it now - people who write "only a -" about any group of humanity , without scientific proof that the majority of the group does it ( e.g. "all humans breathe") could very well be bigots but without further scientific study, I think it can it can only safely be stated that their behavior and communication indicates that they may be bigots. That is specific in this post to persons of the dexter or sinister persuasion. However, it is well known that there are also persons who claim to be neither yet are also bigoted. It needs more study.









Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Doing Research

Sandee,

First, the NRA is a membership-based programming and lobbying organization.

They have 5 million members - less than 2% of the population - I don't see how those people's lobbying efforts represent "We the people."

Secondly, Bloomberg is a moron and has been registered as a Republican, Democrat, and Independent. That he wants to spend his personal money should show you just how much of a waste it will be.

Finally, monthly someone writes a letter saying "Don't take our guns!" No one has, no one has ever tried. Is it possible that you're being manipulated by something like....the NRA into drumming up membership for them?


Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

@LOL

“Nice try moving the goal posts AN.”

I didn’t move anything – you asked for proof and I provided it, simple as that. It’s always fun how when proven wrong you try to spin away – and it NEVER works!

“One thing you leftists…”

That is a very bigoted statement (according to some another commenter here). Shame on you

“Get busy working on repealing the 2nd Amendment.”

Why are you so insistent on repealing the 2nd Amendment? No one I know favors any such action and the institution of background checks – favored by as much as 90% of the American people – in no way infringes on the 2nd Amendment.

Why you keep spinning this losing argument of yours is a puzzle.


Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: pl .....

@Justa citizen.....I've certainly resorted to colourful crap at these threads when considering the overall context. For example, there might be a thread where I and others are expected to take oh-so-seriously what a criminal has done - when the overall context is that our arses have been thoroughly and heartlessly sold down history's drain to the Chinese (uh, ya think - that people will turn to illegal behaviours at a greater rate when there are no decent jobs?). You have a thread here discussing a NY official's presumption upon citizen gun rights - uh, why are we even having this discussion? Of course, you have a right to defend hearth and home! Something like the issue of privacy, from your time at home online to driving in public - what is there to talk about? They have stolen everything! What - you want a limited,, sane conversation inside an asylum that is burning down while the fleeing staff tell us to remain calmly in our rooms? I hope this helps you to understand.

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: David Gaither

[quote] 'Did so, and you think expanding the middle class in the 50s/60s was a bad thing. Got it."

No, you don't "got it"! I think only setting your sights on "middle class" is a bad thing and celebrating it is even worse!


Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

@DG
Why argue with him? He takes part of a statement (as he often does), reads your mind and knows exactly what you are thinking.

And since he's a "writer", he knows the correct usage of every word ever written. Somehow I don't think it was "difficult and unpleasant to do or deal with" when you wrote what you did.

The expansion of the "middle class" in the 50's and 60's was laudable, since before that many lived at the subsistence level. Many things like the GI bill and affordable home ownership also contributed to that expansion.That was 50-60 yrs ago. Expanding the middle class now is not the real problem. The problems are preventing those now in it from slipping back and to increase the number in the upper class.


Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

You know this thread of comments is an excellent example of why I don't respond to "some people" in the Miner's comments section.'
Instead of having an actual discussion, they twist and turn what is said to try and make it look like something else. Their actual arguments are so flimsy and inane that they have to resort to foolishness. Actually, they should have been lawyers (some may have been), but it doesn't change the fact that they are just typical liberals who change the subject, try to confuse, ignore reality and think others can be confused by their childish behavior.

It's sad that they do this because it lends less credence to their true arguments. Sometimes I'm even on their side of the agreement, but can only laugh at their silliness in trying to make everyone else look bad when it only ricochets back on them and makes them look silly.



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