Young people ask for common-sense gun control

Editor, The Beacon:

David Rauschenberger’s column in the April 5-8 Weekend edition of The Beacon was so blatantly partisan that it is difficult to know where to begin.

First, David, let’s be honest here. Your view that these children are “rude and disrespectful” stems simply from the fact that you disagree with their gun-control efforts. The vast majority are articulate, respectful and insightful — traits you and yours lost long ago. Bullying and insults are easier than debating the issues with them, right?

Your constitutional rights are not being subordinated by children. Again, c’mon David, you are feeling threatened and can only lash out with insults. What have these children asked for — common-sense gun control. They are politely firm with their requests for change, but quickly dismissed by your side as rude and disrespectful. Don’t play the victim here — it’s not a good look.

Of course, the problem is that guns are in the hands of those who shouldn’t have guns. Duh. You do realize that your party and the National Rifle Association, in 1996, stopped funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue research into gun violence, perhaps keeping guns away from those destined to kill. Six hundred thousand gunshot victims have resulted since then. I find it amazing anyone would object to researching this issue. Don’t you?

I am baffled, however, by your bizarre thought that those who have committed “pesky misdemeanors and felonies” should be refused college admittance. What does this have to do with the gun-violence issue? Did the academic institution drive this person to kill? Perhaps it’s a required word-count issue for your column.  Or maybe just another isolated reason to bash the left.

Your view that the role of the NRA is to “advocate for legal ownership and support the laws of our land” is a tad twisted. The role of the NRA is expand ownership and shape the laws of the land. Their words and actions support that, as well as the profits of gun manufacturers.

Finally — constitutional rights seem to be your primary theme (though, to be honest, it is a bit hard to tell). We know you are a constitutional expert — you told us so. The SCOTUS has ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution confers an individual the right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court did not grant an unlimited right to own guns.

Justice Antonin Scalia stated, Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. …” It is “… not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Your constitutional rights can be curtailed as to what guns can be owned, where they can be carried, and how. These rude and disrespectful students are aware of that — and have simply asked for common-sense legislation to be passed accordingly, and perhaps save lives.

David, your John Wayne-wannabe fantasies are not pertinent when it comes to the lives of our students and citizens. Be the adult — show some compassion.

Dan Niswander, Ph.D.

Port Orange




Sick of politics

Editor, The Beacon:

I have a confession to make. I am sick of the sight of Donald Trump’s face!

I long for the day when we used to debate stuff that matters, like nuclear disarmament and the preservation of our species. But instead, we still say guns don’t kill people and war is an option.

I am sick of crying about this! I have cried my river of tears. And now I have another confession to make. I don’t like none of you people! Lately, most of you have been driving me nuts! Can you hear me screaming at you?!

I don’t care if you are Democrat or Republican, the sky is still blue and a liar will get folks killed.

And, of course, I love you nitwits, it’s true, for you just don’t know what you do. ’Cause you see, my sweetie and my friend, as I jones for a cigarette and beg God to forgive me for hating you, Mother Earth will get her vengeance, and collective sin will demand its due.

Samuel McIlrath

New Smyrna Beach






Liked April 1 issue


Editor, The Beacon:

Still chuckling about your April Fools’ issue.

I had my wife, Sue, hook, line and sinker, when I handed her the upside-down page.

We need more humor in our lives.

Keep up the great work.

Lee Downer