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December 26, 2012

Readers' Forum 12-26 | Give privacy to those who lost loved ones

— The Newtown, Conn., tragedy is being exploited by the news media with little respect for the privacy or feelings of those who have lost loved ones. I did see a couple of Newtown signs that said “No media” on them. It’s one thing to report the event, it’s quite another to show pictures of the deceased and delve into everyone’s lives.

The media created a national event for their own agendas, including gun control. If some of the teachers had been trained and armed, the tragedy could have been limited to the gunman.

In Switzerland, all heads of households are required to have a weapon. They don’t have school massacres.

We now have a bunch of political hacks jumping on board with the anti-gun crowd to limit our constitutional right to bear arms.

Politicians always think they have to do something, with little thought about the consequences.

Ask your congressman if he/she read the Obamacare bill before he/she voted for it. An armed populace keeps the petty would-be dictators from taking away all our rights. The first thing the Nazis and communists did when they acquired power was disarm their populace.

Al Cooper


Do we blame God or guns for tragedy?

Where was God when Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and evilly murdered precious humans? Which god do we mean: Allah, Buddha, Mother Earth or another false god of human religion? To which of these do we pray for understanding and comfort? Which of these gods do we blame for this travesty?

That’s right, we blame the one true creator, God; the creator whose glorious creation has been denied to our children through Darwinism; the God of the Bible and Ten Commandments who will judge all men; the God we need in times of tragedy but find offensive the rest of the time.

He is the God who calls abortion murder, homosexuality perversion and adultery, lying, stealing, covetousness and all violations of his Ten Commandments, sin.

Amazingly, he is also the God who, in love, gave his only son, whose name we loathe to speak at Christmas, that all who repent of their sins and trust in his substitutionary death for their sins will be forgiven.

Add cheapened human life through abortion to Darwinism’s survival of the fittest and society’s increasing revulsion toward and rejection of godly principles and we need not wonder why.

Blaming guns does not absolve human culpability. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

Pray for these families. Pray for our nation.

Barry W. Billings


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