Views from QCA: Guns can kill, but so can knives, rocks...

Posted Online: Jan. 21, 2013, 6:00 am
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By Jim DeCap
Whenever a terrible tragedy happens that involves the weapons we call, it gives the gun banners something to talk about.

In the military if we called a rifle or a pistol a gun, we were in big trouble. When I was in the Army, I was awarded an expert medal with M-1 and carbine rifles. I don't know if I could see a two-foot bullseye at 500 yards today.

All my grandparents immigrated from Belgium. My grandfather told me, "Don't ever let them take your guns away from you."

He had witnessed firsthand that the first step toward a totalitarian government is to disarm the citizens.

The Founding Fathers knew this too. That's why they came up with the Second Amendment that would allow citizens to protect themselves from the government they had just formed.

I had a chance to visit with a girl from Red China. I asked her, "Do they have gun control in China?" Her reply, "In China the government controls everything, they even try to control your mind."

I also had a chance to visit with a girl from Japan. I asked her if they had gun control. Her reply, "Nobody is allowed to own a gun in Japan."

I asked her, "Do you have any murders?" She said,"Yes."

I asked, "How can you murder someone if you don't have a gun?"

She said, "use knives."

I said, "Why don't you ban knives?" She said, "Oh, we use them in the kitchen."

We are the only form of life that have weapons we weren't born with. Some of these weapons we have weren't meant to be weapons.

Al Capone killed three people with a baseball bat. They never banned baseball bats.

Some Middle Eastern countries stone women to death. I thought Jesus put an end to that 2,000 years ago. I guess the cavemen used stones for weapons. Even David used a sling shot and a stone to kill Goliath.

In America, if you don't want to own a gun, you don't have to. Then when some worthless piece of human debris breaks down your door and you're standing there holding nothing but your nightie, you can borrow a line from Rodney King. "Can't we all just get along?"

I would rather have three of us standing there. Me, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson. Then I could borrow a line from Dirty Harry: "Go ahead punk, make my day."'

These terrible tragedies are beyond comprehension.

Why do innocent little children and innocent adults have to sacrifice their lives?

There will always be more questions than we have answers for. Tragedies are impossible to understand whether they are caused by humans or Mother Nature.

I can't begin to express my feelings about this tragedy in Connecticut. I don't have the words.
Jim DeCap lives in Geneseo.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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