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March 13, 2013
Letter: Guns and saving ‘just one life’
It can be tough to deal with emotions following news of a murder, especially when victims were children or others who could not defend themselves. Something has to be done. We must take action. If our actions result in only saving one life, isn’t it worth it? Recognize those lines?...
March 13, 2013 - 1:00am
Letter: A man of unvarnished facts
Wow! John Burns really is a man of unvarnished facts. He knows about my characteristics and beliefs, even though we have never met. Ed Mickelson Atwater
March 13, 2013 - 1:00am
March 8, 2013
Letter: Facts needed in gun debate
In a letter that appeared on this page on Feb. 20, I stated the fact that Americans kill their fellow Americans and themselves with their guns at a rate that far exceeds that of any other developed nation. I noted that the causes of this national disgrace cannot be such factors as...
March 8, 2013 - 12:21am
February 27, 2013
Sentencing set for Willmar, Minn., man after he pleads to multiple felonies
WILLMAR — David Lawrence Pillatzki Jr., 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony charges for possessing a firearm after conviction of a violent crime, for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and for fifth-degree drug possession. Pillatzki also pleaded guilty...
February 27, 2013 - 10:44pm
February 20, 2013
Letter: Our murdurous gun culture
Guns don’t kill people. People with guns do kill people, and themselves. People can kill people with knives, baseball bats, or frying pans. However, guns are much more effective at killing because that is their purpose and what they are designed to do. That is why modern armies...
February 20, 2013 - 12:00am
February 6, 2013
Letter: The facts on gun sales
A frequent letter-writer recently wrote 40 percent of guns sold at gun shows are unregistered. Those I know who regularly attend gun shows find the 40 percent number so far off it’s laughable. However, the more the lie is repeated and unanswered, the more it becomes believable....
February 6, 2013 - 6:00am
January 18, 2013
Letter: Keeping our schools safe
Keeping the focus on what will the response be if and when an armed intruder manages to get inside a school facility: You understand that I am still a very firm believer in an immediate action plan that eliminates the threat. Making it common knowledge that there is a secure weapon...
January 18, 2013 - 9:30am
Editorial: Debate on on guns to continue in 2013
The announcement Wednesday by President Obama of his 23-point plan to address gun violence has launched a new chapter in the divisive gun debate. It has been nearly two decade since the gun debate was so hot. Among Obama’s proposals is a call for better access to mental health services,...
January 18, 2013 - 6:15am
January 17, 2013
NRA president says group accepts background checks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers. But association president David Keene also says too much emphasis has been placed on banning certain firearms. In an interview on "CBS...
January 17, 2013 - 10:59am
January 16, 2013
Document: White House release of Obama plan on gun violence
Here is a copy of the White House release on gun violence announced today by President Obama. White House release on gun violence - Jan. 16 by
January 16, 2013 - 11:45am
Updated: Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package, signs 23 executive orders
January 16, 2013 - 11:18am
January 12, 2013
Letter: Don’t blame the guns
My heart is saddened and grieved at the tragedies that have taken place in our country. I believe God also is saddened and grieved. I am not writing as someone who has not experienced gun violence in our family, because we have. Gun control, an issue again. It hurts innocent people...
January 12, 2013 - 12:00am
January 8, 2013
Giffords, Kelly launch gun control initiative
PHOENIX (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched an initiative aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured. Giffords and Mark Kelly wrote in an op-ed published...
January 8, 2013 - 7:08am
December 21, 2012
Cartoon: Need for multi-round clips
December 21, 2012 - 6:49pm
Commentary: There are no easy answers
By Ruben Navarrette SAN DIEGO — Given the selfserving way in which many reacted to the news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., one really has to ask gun-control advocates: “Have you no decency?” How about giving a horrified and heartbroken...
December 21, 2012 - 7:13am