A local resident sent a letter to the editor of The World Newspaper. They ended up not only publishing it online but put it on the front page as well. The stupid is strong with this one:
As the line from the movie says, “you never go full retard”. Here is my response:
In her recent letter to the editor, Sharon Ramirez laments the fact that after yet another massacre, the Republican Party refuse to pass gun control.
She then claims that the gun dealer who sold to Omar Mateen should accept responsibility. All the Progressives insist that we need thorough background checks for all guns sales, yet when a gun dealer completes the required background check (which the suspect passed) she believes the incident is somehow their fault?
Later on she claims that Middle Easterners who travel back and forth between their country and ours should not be allowed to buy “weapons of mass destruction”. Perhaps she has forgotten the principles of “due process” and “rule of law” (or she never knew them in the first place). If a person is otherwise legally allowed to own a firearm, traveling to the Middle East may be a very good reason to keep an eye on them, but it does not arise to the level of “probable cause” and it is most certainly not enough to deny them their Constitutional rights.
Finally, she says she can’t imagine how a gun dealer could sell weapons to a Middle Eastern man. She has always been a little unhinged but now she has become a full blown racist. Sharon, do you realize that there are plenty of people from the Middle East that are not Muslims? Have you ever seen a native Jew with dark skin? Have you heard of the Maronite Christians, who are Arabic-speaking Catholics?
None of these people have ever committed a terrorist attack and when they immigrate to our country deserve the same rights and protections as the rest of us. You would deny them this because you are unable to tell the sheep from the wolves. You are also unable to differentiate between an inanimate object and the evil in the hearts of some men.
I would also like to point out that the Bataclan attack in Paris last year was carried out with AK-47 rifles and improvised explosives, both of which are completely illegal in France. Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in Europe and being surrounded by countries with similar laws, these terrorists were still able to obtain these items. Gun control DOES NOT work.
-Matt Wilbanks / Coos Bay