East Valley resident Linda Turley-Hansen
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So, to back up her assertion from her initial column that alcohol use is the country's real problem and rampant gun violence is just a political football, the author brings in someone who's studied the ill effects of alcohol use for years and... one gun violence statistic, rehashed from that initial column.
I hope she doesn't wonder why people scoff at her columns.
No matter what you do with the laws, teens will find ways to get alcohol, anyway. This isn't an alcohol problem; it's a people problem. Alcohol doesn't kill people; people kill people. I'm a law abiding citizen; why should criminals get in the way of my right to buy a drink? In fact, I think there should be wine coolers in the vending machines at schools because seeing a couple of friends get really drunk and embarrass themselves is really the only way to prevent teen drinking.
while i don't disagree with her assertion about the unfounded attacks on gun rights. I might also agree that alcohol is a bigger problem....but haven't we already tried the whole NO alcohol thing before??? It launched the black market and violence rose after prohibition. Our current drug war that has been going on for over 60 years with many of the same effects including filling our jails and ruining the lives of those incarcerated for minor drug charges and their families. if you want to "Save the Children" how about you focus on seat belts and pool fences???
Alcohol is indeed a very destructive force in our society, much moreso than guns, but as we learned in the 1920's: prohibition does not work. Those who wish to do the same thing to guns would be wise to remember this fact. Any attempt to outlaw the ownership of guns is going to result in a massive black-market and increased crime, while simultaneously stripping law-abiding citizens from the basic right of self-defense.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre has a solution to the serious problem this nation has with drunken driving and alcohol abuse: Make alcohol more widely available, and allow "private" sales to anyone, even without ID! It works with gun violence and suicide, after all. (Satire)
Then you will pass a law that possession of a gun and an alcohol level of 0.01 is a minimum of 1 year in prison.
And if you have a gun you have to submit to breathalyzers because it is deadly like a car.
What hold people responsible have I lost my mind.I knew what you were thinking.
So, Linda, what is the point you are so desperately trying to make, that you have now "followed up" upon your previous column? Drinking is bad, mmmkay? Driving a car, and wielding a gun, while intoxicated is really, really bad? Join Teetotalers Anonymous? Become a Mormon?
"Gateway drug"--that's a term from forty years ago...you are right, about it being a depressant, and developing a tolerance for it, though. Everything else you blather on about is spoken from the perspective of someone who knows nothing about addiction, beyond a spew of statistics. I suggest you devote your next column to the causes of these excesses in our society, although I'm sure it would be just another religious rant, coming from you...
Guns, alcohol, religious intolerance, capitalistic brainwashing, consumerism, ignorance, disease, pollution, hubris...these are all subjects that fall under the ills of the human race. Guess what? No one gets out alive!
Linda, do you think Extreme Violence Exposure to our Children through Video Games, and Hollywood Movies may contribute to our Nations "Gun Violence?!
But if you think it is all alcohol related, perhaps we could have alcohol interlocks built onto guns?
Shooters would have to blow clean down the barrel before firing?
I think if more people were on alcohol nobody could aim well enough to hit any one?
Funny how we are all looking for some one, or one thing to blame for "Gun Violence", which is actually a result of many many things?
So you want to treat alcohol like the poison that it is???
We need to educate our children about the effects of alcohol and the impairment that it causes. BUT to lie to them and deceive them is part of the problem. If some teenager smokes weed and/or drinks alcohoal and realizes that it's not literally poison, then they'll lose trust in their parents.
I'm recently purchased my first gun. It is very interesting to see peoples reaction when a brown guy is packin' but I get street cred whevever I'm in the hood.
Linda,You try to mix two problems into one with rambling blather. Do you have a word quota you have to meet or something? You obviously know nothing about either which you view from your gated community. Guns, yep that's a problem... Addiction, another problem.
Try solving, rather than shoulda, coulda, woulda. Get your hands dirty and do something like volunteer at a shelter or a free clinic. Your rhetoric will change.
The NRA has a solution: Make alcohol more widely available. Make it available in private sales, where no ID is required. Make it available to everyone! We need to put drunks in the schools to protect the children from alcohol. Legislators must be encouraged to carry booze to the office. And, by all means, we need to sell alcohol in containers with larger capacity. The problem, you see is not alcohol, it's people who misuse alcohol. Get rid of the people and your problem goes away!
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