The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 27, 2013

Readers' Forum 6-27 | Anti-gun campaign seems to be failing

— Mary Sanchez (June 21) obviously doesn’t like the stand-your-ground self-defense laws that have been passed in many states. She cites George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin to support her view.

If Zimmerman is telling the truth, Martin came up to him, knocked him down, and was on top of him bashing his head into the pavement. (Zimmerman’s injuries are consistent with his story.)

In that case, retreat was not possible and the stand-your-ground law is irrelevant. But, if Zimmerman initiated the altercation with Martin, he is not protected by stand your ground.

Either way, Sanchez’s opinion piece is rooted in a non sequitur.

Murder rates have dropped by a factor of two in the U.S. as the number of guns in private hands has increased and as the vast majority of states have seen fit to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for their defense.

Meanwhile, between 1960 and 2010, murder rates increased in the states that (according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) adopted the strictest gun-control laws while falling in the states with the most lax gun laws.

Anti-gun propagandists are left with little more than slimy insinuations against our Second Amendment rights. Sanchez, for example, spends most of her opinion column ridiculing the whole idea of self-defense, with irrelevant references to childish playground spats and the self-serving false claims of violent felons.

That’s the best they can do. That’s why their campaign against our rights is failing.

Allan Walstad



Area’s terrain makes TV antenna useless

I recently read in Readers’ Forum about an antenna someone bought to receive free TV reception. Just take it out of the box and plug it in. Presto!

Guess what? It might pick up a local station, but I wouldn’t bet on that, either.

Today’s television broadcasting is ultrahigh frequency (UHF), which means all video signals travel in a straight line.

If there is a building, hill, tree, iron deposit, valley, etc., you can forget about a UHF TV signal.

I live on top of a high hill and rotate twin, very-high-gain antennas – with a 30-decible-gain amplifier and still suffer from signal problems, such as distance, wind, rain, snow, etc. These and many other things cancel UHF TV signals.

You can’t arrest signals that are not there due to terrain or other things that block signals. If your signal is blocked, no antenna will work.

If you live where it’s flat country, the antenna might work but does the UHF signal reach where the writer lives? It might work well in a glider airship at 10,000 feet.

Spend your money smartly, and good luck on that refund. You’re probably not alone on that one.

Lee Mack


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