Dallas Morning News 02/07/07

Relevant bills filed and their status

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Post by jimlongley » Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:45 pm

Our usual nemesis in Dallas wrote the following:

Bill condones violence

Re: "Senators back no-retreat bill," Thursday news story.

These "castle doctrine" bills are about far more than protecting home or possessions. They would remove the requirement to retreat in a public place if you feel threatened and allow deadly force as a first resort.

These bills are introduced to satisfy the gun lobby. If passed, this law would do what the same bill did in Florida: allow the lawful shooting of unarmed people.

Our elected officials should say no to the gun lobby and no to more gun violence in Texas.

Marsha McCartney, North Texas Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dallas

My answer was published this morning, 02/11/07 and was edited to say:

'I don't like it' won't do

Re: "Bill condones violence," by Marsha McCartney, Wednesday Letters.

I see that Ms. McCartney has bestowed her latest pronouncement straight from headquarters. The funny thing about it is she uses Florida's successful "castle doctrine" law as an example of something not to do, because she says it panders to the so-called gun lobby.

It's interesting that the anti-gun lobby can't come up with a good reason, like blood running in the streets of Florida, which they predicted when that law was passed, but merely, "Don't pass it because I don't like it and the other guys do."

The castle doctrine goes right along with our Second Amendment rights. It's the concept that we should be able to feel secure in our homes and persons and that we are competent to defend ourselves.

Jim Longley, Allen

They edited out my insulting remarks about Marsha's participating in the now defunct "Million Mom March" and the illegitimate origins of the Brady Bunch.

But at least my answer, with the salient point, made it in.
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Post by Liberty » Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:05 pm

Thank you! Published letters to the editor are the only way of defusing the hysterics of the antis

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Post by Venus Pax » Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:00 pm

Another thank you here. I appreciate your willingness to write in to them. They are a vocal minority, and will gain in numbers if we don't begin talking.
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Post by Charles L. Cotton » Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:13 pm

Thanks Jim.

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Post by stevie_d_64 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:00 am

Gracias, Senor Jim!
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Post by longtooth » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:38 am

:iagree: W/ all the above. ;-)
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Post by lrb111 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:11 am

Good Stuff, Jim. thanks..
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Post by nitrogen » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:22 pm

I used to have plenty of letters to the editor printed in the SF paper (under psuedonym)

Writing letters to the editor made me realise just how ignorant people really are, and how a nice percentage of them will understand once some light has been shined on a subject they previously didn't think of.

A good example: A local paper had an article lambast a local cop for shooting a thug armed with a knife. The tone of the article was, "thug had a knife, cop had a gun, why did the cop shoot? it was unnecessary!"

I wrote a letter to the editor explaining Dennis Tueller. The author wrote an addendum to hos column a week later explaining the "new information" he received and apologized for his column. Granted, this was a local paper, not a large national one, but you have to start somewhere.
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Post by TxFire » Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:16 am

I saw the original article and was sincerely hoping that someone better qualified tat I would respond appropriately. Thanks Jim, way to make Texas CHL forum proud.


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