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Letter to the Editor: They never used a gun!


Dear Editor,

King Obama’s proposed anti-gun legislative initiative, which he intends to ram through Congress in the wake of Sandy Hook, is aimed at undermining the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Obama is exploiting the barbarous incident that occurred at Sandy Hook to further his ultra liberal socialist goals, one of which, is disarming American citizens. But then, this is what Obama is good at, politicizing issues, pitting different segments of society against each other, not addressing, in a meaningful way the essence of a problem. This is the kind of demagoguery the “Founders warned us about! As Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2010, said, “You never want to let a serious crisis to go to waste!”
Let’s consider some facts.

On July 6, 1944, in Hartford Connecticut, one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. History occurred. Around 7,000 people were attending the afternoon performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. The big top tent was coated with 1800 lbs. of paraffin wax dissolved in 6,000 gallons of either gasoline or kerosine, a method of waterproofing, common at the time. Once ignited, melting paraffin rained down like napalm burning many people. The firestorm of a tent collapsed, trapping hundreds of spectators. An estimated 167-169 people died and over 700 were injured. Arson was suspected! Years later, Robert Segee, then under investigation for other arson crimes, confessed to starting the blaze. He was working as a teenage roustabout for the circus at the time of the fire. Later, he recanted his confession. Whoever set the fire never used a gun!

Flight 629 took off from Denver on the evening of November 1, 1955. Minutes after take off the plane exploded and blazing plane wreckage fell to the earth near Longmont Colorado. All 44 people aboard perished. John “Jack” Graham was charged, convicted for the murder of his mother, one of the passengers on the flight, and executed. He never used a gun!

National Airlines Flight 2511 in route from New York to Miami, on January 6, 1960, exploded over Bolivia, North Carolina, all 34 people on board died. Investigation of the wreckage revealed the remains of one passenger, those of Julian Frank were missing. Later, what was left of his body was found sixteen miles away west of the Cape Fear River. His autopsy revealed, that unlike the other passengers who died from the crash, he was killed by a dynamite explosion, either from in his lap or from under his seat. Wires and metal fragments were embedded in his body. Whether Frank was responsible for the blast remains controversial. No one was charged for the crime. Whoever was responsible, never used a gun!

Continental Airlines Flight 11 exploded near Centerville Iowa, on May 22, 1962, crashing in a field close to Unionville, Missouri, killing 45 people, including crew and passengers. The engines, left wing, and parts of the tail were found six miles from the main wreckage. An FBI investigation revealed that shortly before boarding the plain Thomas Doty had purchased six sticks of dynamite.He never used a gun!

On November 27, 1980 Priscilla Ford, suffering from schizophrenia, drove her automobile down a Reno sidewalk, killing six people and injuring 23 others. She never used a gun!
From 1978 to 1995, Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”, carried out a nation-wide terror campaign of bombing, planting or mailing numerous home contrived bombs, killing 3 people and wounding 23 others. He never used a gun!

In Bronx New York, on the night of March 25, 1990, Julio Gonzalez, rebuffed by his girlfriend, poured gasoline on the stairway to the Happy Land Club, the only entrance and exit to the club. In the ensuing blaze 89 people died. He never used a gun!

On February 26, 1993, a 1,336 pound urea nitrate- hydrogen gas enhanced truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The intention was to collapse the North Tower into the South Tower and bring both towers down, which would have killed thousands, had it succeeded. It failed to do so, but 6 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The conspirators, Muslim extremists, never used a gun!

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, destroying the north end of the building, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day care center, and injuring 450 more people. It was reported that more than 300 buildings were damaged and 12,000 volunteers and first responders took part in the rescue. He never used a gun!

Eric Robert Rudolph, “Olympic Park Bomber,” was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, for a series of bombings he executed in the southern U.S. between 1996 and 1998, which killed 2 people and injured at least 150 more in the name of anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda. He never used a gun!

On May 8, 2002, Jose Padilla, alias, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in Chicago on suspicion of plotting a radiological or “dirty bomb” attack. Later, on August 16,, 2007, a federal judge found him guilty of conspiring to kill people in an overseas jihad and for funding overseas terrorism. He never used a gun!

With horror we remember September 11, 2001, when 19 al-Qaeda Islamic terrorists hijacked 4 passenger jets, 2 of which were flown as kamikazes into the Twin Towers both of which collapsed, the impact and explosions that followed destroyed or damaged numerous other buildings. One of the hijacked planes was flown into the Pentagon. The last plane, United Airlines Flight 93, because of heroic actions of American passengers did not reach its destination of destruction, crashing into a field near Shankville, Penn. This horrendous attack resulted in massive carnage, with the immediate death of 2,996 people, including the 19 hijackers. In addition, hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic debris containing more than 2,500 contaminants, including carcinogens enveloped lower Manhattan. How many people developed cancers and lung diseases, etc., as a result of this catastrophe, will never be known. The devastation the terrorists wreaked was not done with guns!

Beginning on September 18, 2001, letters of anthrax spores were mailed to several news media outlets and 2 U.S. Senators, killing 5 people and infecting 17 other people. Bruce Ivins, a suspect, committed suicide and was declared by federal prosecutors to be responsible. However, the National Academy of Sciences in February of 2011disputed the governments claim that Ivins was the perpetrator, since there was no direct evidence linking him to the crimes. Who ever carried out these heinous acts never used a gun!

The worst school massacre in our nation’s history took place on May 18, 1927, in the township of Bath, Clinton County, Michigan, when Andrew Kehoe, blew up the Bath Consolidated School, killing 38 elementary school children and six adults. This after having killed his wife and fire-bombed his farm. He never used a gun!

Obama’s proposed gun legislation will not prevent atrocities like what occurred at Sandy Hook. No amount of legislative gun control or razzle-dazzle by Obama before the news media, can prevent maniacs and psychopaths from committing acts of horror and terror, as the above events evidence. As insensitive as it may sound, there are more lethal ways of wreaking havoc on unsuspecting and innocent people than using a gun. Airplanes, cars, trains, natural gas, conventional and dirty bombs, poisons, gasoline, biological and chemical weapons, fertilizer, fire, etc., can and have killed and injured many more people and done much more damage than guns have or could ever do. And, this is in no way an attempt to minimize or gloss over, the sickening and disgusting horror of the murder of those precious children and adults at Sandy Hook. All people of integrity, sensitivity, and caring, reel with heart wrenching pain at the brutality of this ghastly crime, a crime against all humanity. All of us mourn the lives lost and pray fervently that the families of the victims will find some comfort and solace.

Gun control laws have not worked in the past and will not work in the future. Criminals regularly possess guns that are obtained illegally. There are millions of people in the U.S. that own guns legally and use them responsibly, only a very tiny fraction have used guns to commit horrendous acts like that at Sandy Hook. Guns are tools which people can use for good or bad purposes. It is disturbed, psychopathic and sometimes, downright mean people that are responsible for murder and mayhem, not guns. Laws restricting guns will not prevent these despicable acts, because these proposed laws do not address the root causes of why people commit such abominations. In the the awful tragedies outlined above, more death and destruction was meted out than all incidences of rampage killers committing mass murder with firearms, and the perpetrators, never used a gun!

George Humphries
Asheville, NC

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