Points to ponder

EDITOR: April 19, 1995, a 5,000 - pound bomb, hidden inside a Ryder truck, exploded just outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion caused massive damage to the building and killed 168 people, 19 of whom were children. Therefore we should ban ammonium nitrate. Yes, it will hurt the farmers, reduce their crop yields and raise cost of the food you buy, making it more difficult for the poor to afford food. But it's in the best interest of all….right?

"Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year," says the Institute in the journal Injury Prevention. "That is, on each of the 6,209 consecutive days included in this study, an equivalent of a plane load or more of people died on the roads."

Therefore, we must ban all cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, etc. How can we allow people to have something that results in 40,000 deaths per year? Ban all forms of transportation….for the good of all. (Welcome to the dark ages).

It can travel at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, and with little warning it can severely injure someone. That is how University of Missouri Extension safety expert Bill Casady describes a rock thrown from a lawn mower. Each year, more than more than 75,000 Americans are injured in lawn mowing accidents, and 10,000 of them are children. How can we, in good conscience, allow anyone to own a lawn mower? We MUST let the grass grow to save our children. I'm sure the Home Owners Associations and neighbors will be ok with that….. because it's for the good of all…..right?

The CDC analyzed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System and injury data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) for the years 2005 to 2009. Their findings show that each year, an average of 3,880 people died due to drowning and an estimated 5,789 people were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for non-fatal drowning. That is unacceptable. We MUST ban all swimming pools, lakes, ponds…..anywhere that a person runs the risk of drowning. I suppose we must also include bathtubs. Those things are EVIL…..it's in our best interest…..right?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), since 1973, roughly 50 million legal induced abortions have been performed in the United States. These are all children UNDER the age of, well……you get the point. Therefore, we must ban all abortions. Good Lord, we go nuts over the fact that 20 innocent children are killed in Conneticut, 19 are killed in OK. You must agree that 50 million children being killed is un-acceptable and abortions must be banned….for the good of all.

Michael Marcoccia

Towanda

Banning is not the answer

EDITOR: I have been a life member of the NRA for over 40 years....and NOT ashamed of it. We don't go around and kill teachers and little children. I'm the grandfather of five granddaughters and three grandsons, and if some wacky nut used a gun to hurt them...the authorities would never find his pieces. Do we gun buyers/sellers need to do a better job on weeding out mental problem buyers? Absolutely yes! I have to respond to Ms. Kris Schwenke's letter to The Daily Review on 19 Dec. It is very well researched and written. However, I think she went way astray - Re: the Fort Hood shooting where 13 Army folks were killed - is that the NRA's fault? That guy was a Muslim preacher, a fake ARMY doctor....clearly on a mission to kill American military people! Now that our nation ...full of esteemed voters who care for the good of the nation ....rather than their own full bellies, and their free cell phones ....have re-elected Mr. Obama...we can expect all sorts of attacks on gun owners....big deal...I am ready. When do the "good" people of our nation rise up and say "we are tired of the carnage on the highway created by drunk drivers, and we want more control of autos. They should be abolished?" In a local papaer recently there is an article re: mass killings, and it says "mass killings still accounted for only about 1 percent of all murders over the past 5 years."..... I admit that is a lousy defense to tell a stricken parent.

Geo Houser

Burlington