The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-3 | Second Amendment never more important

Submitted by Readers

— After the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, when the accused gunman reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” the Obama administration’s Department of Defense classified the perpetrator’s actions as “workplace violence.”

Terrorist activity at the Boston Marathon forced people to live in fear for their lives for several days, because two (or more) perverted followers of a certain religion that has more than once been associated with violent actions against the U.S. government and its citizens, decided to strike against innocent Americans.

Will the president soon be making a speech lecturing us on the threats of radical Islam? Don’t hold your breath.

Following the murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary, our president, along with his congressional cohorts and the ministry-of-lies news media, have not hesitated to use victims’ families as shills, trotting out grief-stricken parents to play upon the sympathies of the American people in an attempt to incriminate the Second Amendment and impose new restrictions on gun ownership.

We are told that we need not have the ability to obtain or own certain types of scary-looking firearms. And as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, “No one needs 10 bullets. ...”

After witnessing the recent activity in the Boston area, maybe more than 10 bullets should be mandatory, lest some deranged individuals with evil intentions attack an innocent citizenry.

Armed, common people are citizens. Disarmed, they become subjects.

Aren’t you glad that, at least for now, you have the Second Amendment to help protect yourself?

August Gatto


A better understanding of Islam is needed

The media and the Obama administration have failed to identify the perpetrators of the Boston attacks as Islamic terrorists.

There was also a foiled Islamic terrorist attack in Canada.

Why don’t our journalists investigate Saudi national Abdul Rahman Ali-Harbi and his ties to  Islamic terrorism? He initially was “a person of interest” in the Boston bombings.

The Obama administration and some members of Congress are influenced by the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR). In a December 2007 federal court filing, prosecutors described CAIR as “having conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”

CAIR has received funding from the International Islamic Relief Organization – a Saudi-funded organization whose U.S. offices have been investigated for possible links to Hamas and al-Qaida.

There is a fight over the future of Islam. Islamic terrorists want to keep the faith unchanged and create a global caliphate, an Islamic state led by a supreme religious as well as political leader.

Moderate Muslims want to implement democratic forms of government and modernize Islam.

Our current government leaders seem blind to the difference.

Al Cooper


On upkeep, residents need to tow the line

Regarding stories involving the Johnstown Housing Authority and the people who come here from other areas to live: Why can’t they be made to keep up their properties?

Is there no limit to how many animals can be kept at one residence? Dogs bark all day; cats run the neighborhoods; yards are filthy; bad smells, noise and foul language are a constant. And so much for the value of my property.

Mine was once a beautiful, quiet neighborhood. Thank you, Johnstown Housing Authority.

Shirl Little


Each can choose a life he wants to live

What are you? Are you an advocate of wine-tasting affairs? Do you prefer caviar and crumpets? Or are you a kielbasa, sauerkraut and pork chop lover?

Do you abide on the hill? Or are you qualified to sing “Down in the Valley”?

Did your ancestors bow down and tip their hats to the aristocracy in the country from which they came? Was their arrival here as a Puritan, or did they come on a banana boat? Do you think they realized their hopes and dreams? Do you think that their hard, slave labor warranted exploitation?

Today, do you have the courage to fight the above?

Do you remember the 1941 movie “How Green Was My Valley” about hard life in a Welsh mining town?

You choose.

Anna Roy


Concentrate resources on healing families

There are frequent Readers’ Forum letters and news articles about the reactions of family members of murder victims who are outraged that the convicted murderer did not automatically receive a death sentence.

They should feel fortunate that they will not be subjected to a 20-year wait for any execution to occur, and almost certainly the sentence either will be thrown out or the convict will die awaiting execution.

Despite having one of the largest numbers of people on death row in America, our state has not had a nonconsensual execution since 1962.

America is the only civilized nation that uses the death penalty. We are also a nation with a murder rate far in excess of  other nations.

I believe these two facts are interrelated. The death penalty fosters a contempt for the sanctity of human life. It has been asked, “Why do we kill people to show that killing people is wrong?”

As a family member of a murder victim, I know full well the overwhelming emotions experienced, certainly over what might be experienced from other sudden, tragic and senseless deaths, especially that of a young person.

If society would concentrate on healing these grieving family members, and concentrate resources on attacking the causes of violent crimes, perhaps the cycle of violence that the death penalty perpetuates could be broken.

Information about Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, an organization devoted to healing, can be obtained on the website

Richard J. Holsinger


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