Placeholder Your Letters

Gun-rights supporters

called to step up

Kids with guns are a deadly combination in Missouri. In this state, the number of guns traced to crimes committed by young people has grown by 43 percent over five years. In 2014, some 652 gun crimes were traced to people 21 years of age or younger. By 2018, the number had grown to 933, as reported in the Nov. 22 News-Press.

Where do most kids get a gun? The ATF says they come from the home, from residential burglaries, or are purchased for them by someone who can legally do so. That’s basically how criminals obtain weapons. It is a fact that Missouri gun laws are among the most permissive in the nation. However, legal gun owners share a larger part in these crimes and murders than many will admit. Research shows that a gun in a home is 20 times more likely to harm a family member or friend, than to stop a home invader. Unless they are securely stored under lock and key, they are easily accessible to burglars and young people in the home.

Gun owners who carry firearms cannot take them into a sports arena or a bar, for example, so they often stash them under the seat or in the glove box. These weapons are easy picking for gun thieves who frequent sporting event parking lots and the vehicles parked around bars.

Since our state and national legislators will do nothing to halt the spread of firearms used to kill and maim citizens and defenseless children, it is up to all who support radical “gun rights” views to take responsibility for keeping guns out of the wrong hands. There is no one left with the ability to do it.

Keith Evans

St. Joseph

Money needs returned

to Social Security fund

We, the people, have no guarantee of anything anymore today except that private companies and corporations are motivated to make a profit from us.

There is too much corporate welfare today, and corporations are not adhering to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act enacted by Congress in 1890. Many billionaire companies are not paying any corporate taxes on billions of dollars of annual income. Corporations must pay their fair share!

Our problem today concerning Social Security is that our government dipped into the Social Security funds to “borrow” against we, the people’s, retirement fund (funded by employers and employees) and the government didn’t return the deficit they caused.

Social Security would be in good shape today if our legislators would return the funds they cheated and robbed from we, the people, by a reduction of $74,000 a year from each legislator, so as to return the people’s money back to our Social Security fund.

Terrance Hawbaker

Effingham, Kansas

2 laws should be

passed by Congress

I note with some outrage that the “freedom from religion” folks are trying to stop religion in all forms, even the prayers at football games.

Well, I want to put my two cents worth in. First, I think that the law, which was made by the courts with only a court ruling, is illegal. It has no basis in law, in that it was never passed by Congress, not signed by the president, a basic requirement for all laws. (Please, I refer you to the second section of the Constitution.)

I think before the two laws — separation between church and state, and same-sex marriages in all 50 states — be made the laws of the land, they both need to be passed by Congress and signed by the president.

At least if that were done, I would sleep better at night to know that the U.S. Constitution is being adhered to.

Ed Coles

Cameron, Missouri