Letters to the editor for February 12, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Don't need military-style rifles to take down game

To the Editor:

I was born in Sonora in 1949. In 1970 I married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. There I had the opportunity to hunt for moose, geese and ducks on the Tanana and Yukon rivers. A 300 Winchester, 7 MM, 22, and 12 gauge double barrel shotgun is all the firepower we needed to bring home the game. No military-style assault weapons were necessary.

The recent mass murders across the country have brought back painful memories of my past. In the spring of 1983 a stranger travelled from Fairbanks to Manley Hot Springs about 160 miles by road. He methodically murdered eight people before he was finally shot. Included in the eight were my brother-in-law and an Alaskan State Trooper. The man was mentally unstable which seems to be a common thread among these mass murderers.

The population of the United States had changed dramatically since passing the Second Amendment. We cannot hang out muskets and pistols over the mantel anymore. Laws need to be amended to guarantee personal weapons are secured to protect the general population. My two brothers-in-law are responsible gun owners and keep their weapons in gun safes. Safes need to be purchased prior to the sale of any firearm. This may discourage the criminals from purchasing guns. If a consumer had a problem with this necessary safety precaution, they should not own a gun in the first place.

Law-abiding citizens may keep their guns and more than likely the majority have gun safes already. The vendors who sell guns can also sell safes. We all have the same goals to protect the innocent. We just have different methods of doing it. Most importantly, God bless Sheriff Mele for putting himself in harms way every day for the citizens of Tuolumne County.

Charlene Stephens Allen


A call for more uplifting stories like Garland Hunt

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing Thursday's article on Korean War veteran Garland Hunt. I truly enjoy reading about our local veteran heroes who have served our country and kept us a nation of freedom loving people. It is a refreshing and uplifting break from the daily reporting of carnage, corruption and suffering. I encourage you to make this type of story a regular part of our Union Democrat.

John Frank


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