- Conservatives join New Hampshire rally in support of campaign finance reform
- 11 public housing residents complete job readiness training
- Youth health care enrollment event at NIU Rockford Jan. 29
- More than 50 employers at Jan. 29 job fair
- School district’s credit rating remains solid
- State Police seize LSD, cannabis, U.S. currency in I-80 arrest
- Park District names employee, team of the year
- A closer look at fracking for natural gas
- Susan Johnson, copy editor, moves on after 21 years
- Guest Column: Clean Water Act: Supporters of clean water must make their voices heard
The problem with gun law enforcement
In the June 19-25 issue of The Rock River Times, guest columnist John Kight demands that our political leaders enforce federal gun enforcement law. He does this in capital letters to indicate his lack of patience with the issue. He speaks indignantly of the “liberal left” and the “gun control crowd” not enforcing those laws. May I suggest he direct his rage to the real reason we don’t have adequate enforcement of gun laws. Let me do it by way of example. On Nov. 5, 2009, a Major Hasan went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 12 soldiers, one civilian, wounding 32 Defense Department employees and injuring several others trying to flee the mayhem. As a result, the Defense Department ordered a review of the incident to recommend safety measures to protect Defense Department employees from future incidents of that sort. The findings led to requiring post personnel at several Army bases to register their guns.
Immediately upon learning of this, the ILA, the legislative branch of the National Rifle Association, swung into action and got Congress to pass what was called the Service Member Second Amendment Protection Act of 2010, stopping the Defense Department from implementing a policy designed to protect our soldiers and support personnel. Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s legislative arm and the bill’s author, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), stated in a press release that the Defense Department was indulging in political correctness and violating constitutional rights by ordering base personnel to register their guns. Now, I submit, that if not even the Defense Department can regulate safety rules to protect their own people without facing rigid opposition from the “gun rights crowd,” can you blame our political leaders for giving up on the issue? Perhaps Mr. Kight could protest the actions of the NRA in this matter, for surely, it’s not part of the “liberal left” or a “Democratic cabal.” Perhaps he can make his protest using capital letters.
From the July 3-9, 2013, issue