- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
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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