An evil law

EDITOR: I am not for Obamacare

First: any law that exempts certain people is in itself, an evil law.

Second: This law will break the backs of people who work for a living and the companies who employ them by exorbitant costs which have daily come to light.

Third: This law will bring early death to our senior citizens who will not be treated. If you don't believe that, read the law if you are intelligent enough to do so.

Fourth: You will be told by the government which doctor you can see and what treatments you are "allowed" to have.

Fifth: Even more shortages of qualified physicians.

Sixth: More control and power from a questionable government.

And that is what is truly unconscionable!

Sarah Scholl

Sheshequin

"An armed society is a polite society"

EDITOR: I find it necessary again to respond to the half-truth and lies in one of your guest columns ("Australia dealt with its gun problems; America still in denial") in the Aug. 26, 2013 Daily Review, in which the author depicts Australia as almost crime-free due to its national gun ban almost 10 years ago. In fact, even with its draconian ban on firearms, Australia's crimes have risen. To that point, the Australian Bureau of Criminology has acknowledged that there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime. Between 1995 (the date of the Australian gun ban) and 2007, assaults in Australia rose over 49 percent and robberies rose over 6 percent. Sexual assault increased about 30 percent. Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women. At the same time and without a similar gun ban, violent crimes in the U.S. decreased over 31 percent, rapes dropped over 19 percent, robberies dropped over 33 percent, and aggravated assaults decreased over 37 percent. These are published statistics from the National Center for Policy Analysis. These data lead one to believe that more guns would lead to even lower crime numbers; this has been substantiated in those states (such as Florida) that legalized concealed carry of handguns and the right to defend oneself. As the famous American author, Robert Heinlein, once said, "An armed society is a polite society."

The real problems are illegal drugs and the gangs that profit from dealing in them. Yes, America has drug and gang problems, and so does Australia. Trying to fix these problems by making firearms illegal is a flawed policy. It didn't work in Australia, and it won't work here.

As a parting thought, I'd really like to see The Daily Review try as hard to find and publish pro-gun guest columns as it does anti-gun ones. I'm getting as tired of writing Letters to the Editor as she is of receiving them!

Jerry D. Frantz

Columbia Cross Roads