The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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April 7, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-7 | Arts center a pleasant experience

JOHNSTOWN — While reading The Tribune-Democrat one day, I came across an ad for spring classes at Community Arts Center of Cambria County. My sister and I decided to try the stained-glass sample class held one Wednesday night.

We were quickly greeted by a receptionist who directed us to the right classroom and we were on our way to creating a wonderful little piece of artwork.

The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. I believe everyone had a nice time making their project. I know I did.

Thank you, CACCC, for providing these classes and other activities. Johnstown and surrounding areas have a nice little gem in your backyard. Go check it out.

M.J. Carl

Northern Cambria

We should have right to protect ourselves

Do you believe in the right to defend yourself? Then you should be for gun rights, because the United States’ Congress wants to ban some types of assault weapons.

A 1994 bill was passed that would limit what kind of assault weapons would be sold and how much ammunition a person could buy due to several mass shootings in which assault rifles were used.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein cited a Justice Department study contending that the assault weapons ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders.

A person should be allowed to purchase any type of assault weapon if he or she has a clear criminal record and his or her background check  is approved.

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 limits the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of more than 157 of the most commonly owned military-style assault weapons. They will only be allowed to be sold to law-enforcement officers and military personnel.

We should have the right to own any kind of weapon as long as all the rules and regulations are followed. We should have the right to protect ourselves.

Adam Varner

South Fork

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