The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 15, 2013

Readers' Forum 11/15 | Teach respect, responsibility in gun handling

JOHNSTOWN — I was, maybe 14 years old, the first time I handled a gun. A friend’s father took us out behind his remote, rural home and taught my friend and me how to handle and respect a weapon.

I remember holding that .22 caliber rifle while my pulse quickened with anxiety and fear. I was taught that there is a great amount of responsibility when handling a weapon.

Several weeks ago, tragedy struck again, this time in Nevada. A 12-year-old boy took a gun to school and wounded two fellow students, and killed a teacher before turning the gun on himself.

I have to wonder what type of world we are living in where our youth not only has access to these types of weapons, but also feels this to be an appropriate solution to his problems.

Many people have spoken out against gun control, seizing any tragedy as opportunity and clinging to the Second Amendment of the Constitution for protection.

People claim that they will not let their Second Amendment rights be infringed upon, and for those people, I ask them one thing. Without consulting any resources, try to name the Third, Fourth or Fifth Amendment. If you are unable to do so then perhaps your rights are already being infringed upon and you are unaware of it.

Lastly, please, I beg of you, if your children will be handling any weapons, teach them to handle them with respect and responsibility.

Tim Michrina


Relationship between citizens, gov’t altered

During the past 100 years or so, progressive Democrats and Republicans alike have been working to change our country from a constitutional republic to a social democracy. This movement is based on the ideology that promotes “social justice” as the ultimate public good with the ruling class as the arbitrator of “fairness and equality.”

As a result, the march of progressivism has fundamentally altered the relationship between the citizen and the federal government. Whereas, the Constitution protects the individual’s rights to life, liberty and property from big government, the progressive solution takes these rights away for “our own good” supposedly to achieve fairness and equality for all.

While all of this may sound good to the uninformed, progressivism is a top-down, heavy-handed approach to total control by the permanent ruling class in Washington.

Obamacare is the latest and most expansive application of the progressive theory in American history.

This bait and switch fraud was promoted by an affirmative action president who was elected for his political correctness rather than competence and was embolden by a permissive national press that agreed with the progressive agenda.

As reality hits the pocketbooks of millions of Americans, the veil of deception falls and Obamacare is revealed for what it is – the socialization of America.

This could only have happened when the voters have become so morally deficient that they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Thankfully, the tea party is the primary group of voters who opposes the progressive’s march to communism.

Dr. Bill Choby


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