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Gun proponents offer similar arguments as abortion lobby Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Aug. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

I was proud of Mary Uhler’s stance that we should work for stronger gun control.

Last week’s Mailbag had two letters refuting gun control positions. I would guess that both men are strong in their faith and I would guess that neither supports abortion. But both letters troubled me in that they reminded me of the abortion lobby’s arguments.

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Stop long-term solitary confinement in Wisconsin Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Aug. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

“I was in prison and you came to me.” Matt. 25:37

The 22,500 people incarcerated in Wisconsin’s prisons are largely hidden. Although the UN has declared solitary confinement for over 15 days to be torture, about 20 percent of Wisconsin inmates are held in solitary confinement each year, some for weeks, some for decades. Imagine spending 23 hours a day in your walk-in closet, almost never having human contact, all for “recklessly eyeballing” a guard.

While 15 days of solitary confinement may be a useful tool for controlling some prisoners and punishing more serious infractions, isolation has been shown time and again to cause and exacerbate mental illness if used for a longer period of time.

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Right to bear arms rooted in Constitution; abortion is not Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Aug. 04, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Mary Uhler and Monica Simpson fail to understand that the cities today with the strictest gun control (Chicago and Washington, D.C.) have the highest rate of crime. Wyatt  Earp displayed, in the city of Tombstone, Ariz., “No guns allowed within city limits”. He and his family reaped grave consequences for enforcing those restrictions.

The right to bear arms is rooted in the Constitution for a reason. We the people must be protected from government tyranny. Legal gun use has to be the peoples’ protection. Gun restriction laws are simply ignored by those who intend to break the law.

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Taking away guns not way to solve problems Print E-mail
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

In the June 30 issue of the Herald, you argue that we should “Work for sensible gun control.” Ninety-three percent of guns used in crimes are obtained illegally, whereas less than one percent are from gun shows.

It is true that most U.S. suicides use guns, but America’s suicide rate is not unusually high — in other countries, they find a way. Our gun homicide rate is unusually high, but 63 percent of victims have a criminal history — most gun violence happens between criminals.

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