June 3, 2010 10:37:00 AM
Kamal Karriem says that Columbus has a "gun problem." That is the typical short-sighted liberal Democrat spin on the problem. What the world has is a parenting problem. If these children had been reared to respect the law, others, etc. they would most likely have NOT tried to rob a store at gunpoint. The further we, as a nation, get away from the teachings of the Bible the more incidents like this we''ll see. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
You want to blame somebody who is actually responsible for this? Look in the mirror, Columbus. Have you taught your children how to respect others, or have you taught them something else? And do you just pay lip service to your teachings, or do you teach by example? Peer pressure is a mighty force at 13 and 14 years of age. Teach your children to be a leader and not a follower. Be pro-active every day of your children''s'' lives and maybe you won''t have to go through this with your young ones.
Cameron Triplett Sr., Brooksville
sharp nasal kent commented at 6/3/2010 6:08:00 PM:
How do 13- and 14-year-old kids get ahold of handguns?
One thing's for sure - it isn't because there are TOO MANY guns out there. Nosirree that couldn't be it.
kat commented at 6/3/2010 11:04:00 PM:
GUNS are NOT the problem. I grew up in a house FULL of guns. Did I touch them? Did I rob a store? Did I kill anybody? NO !!!!! Because I was taught to RESPECT guns and the LAW !!!!! You have to be taught how to be respectful- of guns and life- and you must be learn FROM YOUR PARENTS how to act------period.
sotired commented at 6/4/2010 5:09:00 PM:
People can't propel bullets and make irrepairable damage to the human body. With other weapons you do see your attacker coming, most times. Guns are the problem. Parents can't watch their kids 24/7. Also, there are many cases of so-called good kids gone bad. It comes down to the individual's choice, whether caused by peer pressure, anger, hatred, ignorance, etc.,
stormy commented at 6/5/2010 11:26:00 AM:
Sotired, What do we do when the only persons that have guns are the persons that are breaking the law? Do we call one of the "bad" guys to come shot a snake in our yard? Do we sit in our homes and wait for the "bad" guys to shot us when they break in our house to steal our stuff? How in the world can you say guns are bad? I have been around guns my whole life (taught by my parents, not to touch a gun). We did not have PLAY guns in our home, the guns there were REAL and LOADED. We did not have to wonder. When we were of age (teens), my parents taught us gun safety and how to shot, before our teens, we learned gun safety from watching the respect our parents had for guns.
As an adult, I have always had a gun for personal use. Never once has it went off by "accident" and never once has it walked out of the house and robbed or killed anyone. Personal protection is a right granted us in the constitution, and one that I mean to do everything I can to protect, despite what our president wants. You are so very right, Parents can't watch their kids 24/7, Lordy knows mine couldn't, however, As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 6/6/2010 5:35:00 AM:
Kent, if I were to follow your logic then there should be millions of deaths each year due to baseball bats, screw drivers, and coffee mugs. These items exist by the zillions in society, and by your logic, if it exists in society it leads to crime, and we should be hearing about it in the paper often.
Your logic doesn't fly, but you already know that, don't you?
Sotired, I'll ask you the same question I asked the City Councilman. Had those kids entered that store with baseball bats instead of guns, what would be the common denominator?
It's the kids. Inanimate objects can't animate. They require movement from some other source, and in this case, a person.
Wow, did I just tell you what the problem is? So what would you have done? If suddenly 9 people in town used a rake to kill 9 people, would you be asking Walmart to stop selling rakes?
It's the person.
thom geiger commented at 6/6/2010 10:45:00 AM:
I'm not taking sides in the gun/anti-gun debate--
From U.S. Department of Justice -- Federal Bureau of Investigation
Murder by State, Types of Weapons, 2008:
Crime Trends/Additional Information About Selected Offenses/
by Population Group, 2007-2008
Rate: Number of Crimes per 100,000 Inhabitants/Additional Information About Selected Offenses
Robbery/by State, Types of Weapons, 2008
Robbery, Types of Weapons Used/Percent Distribution by Region, 2008
Aggravated Assault, Types of Weapons Used/Percent Distribution by Region, 2008
DoJ's "BJS; Bureau of Justice Statistics" web site at
The year shown is 2008
sharp nasal kent commented at 6/6/2010 11:48:00 AM:
roscoe, I'm not saying guns cause crime. I'm saying that, in a place where guns are incredibly easy to come by, a robbery is more likely to be carried out with a gun than it would be in a place where guns are rare.
To use your coffee mug analogy: if coffee mugs were scarce, people would still drink coffee but far fewer people would use coffee mugs to do it. See?
sharp nasal kent commented at 6/6/2010 11:50:00 AM:
Or, put another way, would you rather be robbed by someone holding a baseball bat or a gun?
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 6/7/2010 7:46:00 AM:
Your perception that one is worse than the other is flawed. Both can kill you and you're not likely to stop either one.
Condoms are incredibly easy to come by so explain unplanned pregnancy?
You can wiggle all you want, the problem is the person, not an inanimate object.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 6/8/2010 7:59:00 AM:
So who is doing them has nothing to do with the fact? Bat permits? Place the blame anywhere you want except where it belongs. No one is surprised by that.
sharp nasal kent commented at 6/8/2010 3:48:00 PM:
roscoe, I blame people for committing crimes. I'm just pointing out that it's silly to pretend that there is no difference between guns and other inanimate objects.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 6/8/2010 5:13:00 PM:
There is no difference. You will be just as dead if I beat you to death with a shoe, as you will with a bat, as you will with a shovel, as you will with a gun.
Does the availability of donuts cause fat people? Or do the eating habits of fat people cause fat people? If there were no donuts would they not get fat on something else?
And now you are trying to crawdaddy on me. You blamed guns on your opening statement "One thing's for sure - it isn't because there are TOO MANY guns out there. Nosirree that couldn't be it".
Me thinkith you be fullith.
sharp nasal kent commented at 6/9/2010 8:47:00 AM:
roscoe, I've been clear all the way through. You seem to want to live in a fantasyland where the availability of guns has no effect on the number of crimes committed with guns.
I really can't help you with your inability to comprehend simple concepts. Good luck to you.
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