As our nation debates what is needed to circumvent the tragedies of violence, one proven strategy is to offer care and support to the victims. By advocating and sheltering the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, our communities provide an avenue to heal and rebuild from devastation. When our communities support the Crisis Center we all empower those victimized and deny sanction to the offenders.
The outpouring of support and care demonstrated through gifts and donations to the Crisis Center client-families through this past holiday season was so generous that, as the board of directors for this agency, we are truly humbled. Many Santas walked through our door laden with toys, food, clothes, beautiful quilts and blankets. Payless Shoes, the staffs of the Veterans’ Hospital and Victoria’s Secret, shoppers at Conestoga Mall and Viaero Wireless, the Abate motorcycle organization and sponsors, and the St. Stephens Episcopal Church parishioners willing gave gifts from their hearts to families they may never know.
Alan Usher donated the use of B.I.G. Premiere Limousines and a significant amount of advertising through GI Family Radio stations for our first-ever Lights and Limos fundraiser. In the same spirit, numerous ticket buyers overpaid for their seats and corporate sponsors made donations to defray supplemental costs connected to this event and downtown eateries provided bighearted discounts to participants. To you all, we are grateful.
Donations to the Crisis Center validate the importance of our work and inspire us to continue our mission. However, your gifts send an even greater statement of care and devotion to our clients and the communities we serve.
Crisis Center, Inc.
Jordan Allen, chairman
on behalf of Board of Directors
Perpetrator to blame for atrocity
To the editor:
I was disappointed to read the editorial column calling for further gun control, particularly on so-called assault weapons. The editor claimed to "fully support the Second Amendment" then made a hypocritical statement supporting limits on the sale of assault weapons, banning high-capacity magazines, and finding it "hard to defend why those rights should cover an arsenal designed for military use."
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently held in D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess weapons "in common use for lawful purposes." The AR-15 rifle, the type used in Newtown, is the most popular centerfire rifle for sale in this country and has been for several years, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Thus, the AR-15’s popularity indicates it is in common use. No longer on the fringe, AR-15 variants are manufactured by hunting bellwethers Remington and Mossberg as well as by firms with a rich history of civilian self-defense arms including Smith & Wesson and Colt.
SCOTUS’ opinion in U.S. v. Miller indicated that the Second Amendment protects firearms that are conducive to militia service and are "ordinary military equipment." The AR-15 rifle is the semi-automatic (one shot for one pull of the trigger) version of the Army’s fully-automatic M16 rifle and M4 carbine, so the AR-15 passes the Miller test.
If we look past AR-15 rifles and other assault weapons, we will find that many other common arms have a military pedigree. One of the most common is the bolt action rifle, found in deer stands and battlefields alike. The fodder for the M1903 Springfield bolt action rifle is the classic .30-06 cartridge, designed by and for the U.S. military, and one of the best selling cartridges for big game hunting. The Remington 700 is issued to certain troops and is a favorite with hunters. The pump-action shotgun saw military use as far back as World War I and is still a tool used by the military. Revolvers have been used by the military as far back the 19th century. If we begin banning or imposing draconian limits on firearms with a military heritage, we will find ourselves left with sticks and stones.
The fringe left would have people believe that AR-15 rifles and rifles similar to them have no use except on the battlefield. This is untrue. Such rifles are legally taken afield every year to humanely hunt large and small game. They are also used in sanctioned competitions including the National Matches at Camp Perry and in more jocular events like Pandemic 2012 in Grand Island.
The editorial points out there are millions of these firearms in the hands of citizens, but the writer seems to disregard the fact that on Dec. 14, only one of them was used by a monster. In the same vein, I do not see the editor calling for bans on cars and trucks despite their involvement in DUI deaths. It would be ludicrous to blame the vehicle as it is just a tool. We need to place the blame for this shooting not on the gun, the parents, or video games. The responsibility for this atrocity falls squarely on the perpetrator.
We already have safeguards in place to limit access to weapons. It is already illegal for someone adjudicated mentally defective or committed to a mental institution to possess firearms. Fugitives, felons, wife beaters, illegal aliens, and drug addicts are prohibited from possessing firearms. Connecticut is one of seven states with a state-level assault weapons ban.
There are tens of thousands of laws pertaining to firearms in this country. It is naïve to think that one more law, especially one which disproportionately punishes law-abiding citizens, would curtail the activities of a depraved lunatic.
Richard Ballas Aurora
Teachers need to be armed with guns
We spend hundreds of thousands on our schools -- grassed and irrigated school yards, sporting equipment, stadiums, security cameras, fire alarms, on and on.
But there are no weapons to protect our children and grandchildren in a town like ours, with a large school, hospital, nursing home and day care.
This is no reflection on our police or sheriff’s departments. They would respond to a shooter, but in the time they may get there it may be too late. I think teachers should have concealed weapon licenses, with the fortitude to use a weapon, the skill to use it and the fortitude to kill an intruder who is killing our children, teachers, cooks and maintenance men.
Our country isn’t Disneyland anymore.
Thank you for being our heros
In light of the unspeakable event in Newtown, Conn. last week, I came to a sad realization that sometimes our heroes only get the recognition they deserve after they have left us.
So, to the maintenance staff, the aides, the teachers, coaches, office staff, administrators and the many school volunteers, thank you.
Thank you for being there every day for our kids. Thank you for your care and compassion. Thank you for giving us peace of minding knowing that if, heaven forbid, something happens at our school like it did in Newtown, you would do whatever is in your power to keep our kids safe, even if it means harm to you.
Thank you for all you do. Thanks for being our heroes.
Are you missing Christmas?
In a few days the world will celebrate Christmas, but the majority of people will miss Christmas because they are unwilling to give up the throne of their life to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He’s coming again soon!
King Herold missed Christmas. He knew a special King was born. He called in the wise men who knew the prophecies and then he became agitated, filled with hate because he didn’t want to lose his throne. He loved being a BULLY. So in his satanic madness he had all the children under 2 years of age killed. But God’s plan wouldn’t be foiled by a man. Herod’s madness grew as he aged. Five days before he died he had all his relatives killed so none of them could take his throne. He had all the distinguished people of Jerusalem imprisoned and ordered them slaughtered the moment he died. He drove himself insane worrying about "losing his throne."
Our world today is filled with Herods and Herodiuses, people who are worried into madness about "losing their thrones." The word LOVE is nowhere to be found in their heart, only ME, ME, ME. They don’t want anyone or anything to interfere with their career, their position, their power, their ambition, their plans or their lifestyle. So they line up people to slaughter with their hatred: their babies, their families, their friends, their employees, their soldiers. No one or nothing will take their throne or their ego. So they think!
But God said human life is like the flower in the field -- it is here today, gone tomorrow. Like King Herod, the grim reaper, the king of terror, awaits all of us and then comes the judgment. And no one knows the day the grim reaper will swing his sickle and cut us down.
So my prayer is that this Christmas everyone will turn their lives over to Jesus. Then we could see some "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men."