Gun control nothing to fear
For a pediatrician to suggest that the 17,000-plus American children and teens shot every year are worth the price of no new gun control is political quackery. (July 2 commentary by Dr. Cameron S. Shaeffer. )
If legislation reduces this number even 1 percent, isn't it worth it? In this country, we should use our fingers to vote for common sense laws, not hold them on the triggers of high-powered semi-automatics waiting to shoot.
I will chalk up the good doc's quivering anti-liberal rhetoric to his anxiety of being bullied by "evil men." No worries, evil is not part of humanity's DNA; to watch children play is to know this. However, racism is part of American DNA, and Capitol monuments glorifying our racist heritage are woefully inadequate ways to teach about racism.
I challenge the doc and those who agree with him to be braver. Look past your irrational fears and, for our children's safety and education, work for better gun-control legislation while taking down the "whites only" signs. The price of freedom was borne by the ultimate sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of heroes. It is not so fragile that it needs protection by trembling hands holding assault rifles.
Shaeffer on point
Kudos to Dr. Cameron S. Shaeffer. In my 85 years, I have rarely heard a more concise and accurate assessment of the condition of our nation than his op-ed, headlined "Liberals are foolish to think they can erase history or ignore evil," in the July 2 Herald-Leader. The piece should be required reading by all registered voters.
Byron F. Romanowitz
No slippery slope
If Dr. Cameron Shaeffer is linking firearm ownership to the idea of citizens acting as a check on unrestrained government power, is he also suggesting we be allowed to own comparable arsenals, howitzers, battle tanks and grenade launchers, to name a few?
Or maybe he's suggesting we need firearms to protect ourselves from foreign invasion. Who's going to invade when we spend more on defense than the next seven to 10 countries combined?
Had he said that bad people will often find a way to do bad things with whatever tools are available (and maybe he did, or at least tried to), I'd agree with him.
Nobody is suggesting we will or even can create an environment where nobody can harm another person. But that's no justification for refusing to take reasonable steps to prevent the gun-related tragedies we've seen recently.
Reasonable steps don't have to constitute an irreversible slide down the slippery slope toward abolishing the Second Amendment. Speed limits haven't led to banning automobiles, setting a legal drinking age hasn't led to the reappearance of prohibition, and controlling ownership of heavy machine guns hasn't led to confiscation of .22 rifles.
How is it evil to make it harder for evil people to do evil things?
A kid in 2015: "You mean it used to be illegal for different races to marry? That's stupid, people should marry who they love."
A kid 20 years from now: "You mean it used to be illegal for people of the same sex to marry? That's stupid, people should marry who they love."
No more of that. Love wins. Good decision, America.
Quarles rising star
We are fortunate in Kentucky to have so many bright and hard-working young people, especially those who have made a life from farming. My friend Ryan Quarles grew up on a farm right here in Kentucky and his family has lived here for more than 200 years.
This year, Quarles is running for agriculture commissioner. He is by far the most qualified, having served in the Kentucky House. But much more than that, he is farmer, and understands what it takes to be a farmer in Kentucky.
He started out in Future Farmers of America, quickly moving into leadership positions. Later, he attended Harvard and the University of Kentucky, where he earned multiple agriculture degrees and graduated law school. He has always been a leader, and is one of the nicest fellows you'd ever want to meet.
I've known Quarles for years, and he is truly one of Kentucky's rising stars. Check out his website: www.ryanquarles.com to learn more about this fine, upstanding young man. Also, please remember to vote for Quarles for agriculture commissioner this fall.