Commander’s aim

Trib contributor Pete Commander’s Tuesday column was a rag-tag collection of Fox News talking points that did absolutely nothing to reinforce his assertion that there’s absolutely nothing we can do about gun violence. The Gatling gun was patented in 1862. So how is that relevant to today’s gun-control debate?

The AR-15 is now a hunting rifle. Did anyone else notice the photo on Page 3A of a woman holding an orange to illustrate the size of exit wounds from this “hunting rifle”? So Mattel makes parts for guns. That must mean guns are just as fun as a Barbie doll, right? And we’re now all militia men, so why bother to restrict the ages of gun purchasers or what type of weapons they have access to, regardless of any background check?

I find it beyond despicable that while kids are worried about living till the end of any given school day, the adults are too busy begging for re-election funds from the gun lobby to consider any legislation that might improve the odds of those kids returning home alive at the end of said day. This is a new generation of students who have practiced “active shooter” drills their entire lives and they will not be content any longer with “thoughts and prayers.” Emma González already has more Twitter followers in a week than the NRA!

Mr. Commander, please accept my condolences on your love of all things destructive. It’s not my arguments that have died, it’s the hundreds of children and innocent victims of assault weapons. They are what should really matter.

William Howard, McGregor


Pete Commander did an excellent job of explaining civilian ownership of military firearms just as our Founding Fathers intended. This point was firmly re-established in the Supreme Court case United States v. Miller (1939). The case was filed by a bootlegger, Jack Miller, charged under the National Firearms Act of 1934 for having an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. The court saw no “military value” in such a firearm but did make the case for the kinds and types of guns the militia could have:

“The signification attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense: ‘a body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.’ And further, that ordinarily, when called for service, these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.”

Jennifer Rubin wasted ink and paper on “new illuminati” hero worship of recent school shooting survivor and anti-Second Amendment poster boy David Hogg and crew. Rubin points out: “The kids have also on their side local law enforcement, parents and teachers — all more credible and sincere than Beltway politicians …” No problem with “parents and teachers.” But local law enforcement and the FBI have totally bungled every aspect of this most recent debacle.

Proper teacher training and qualification can address some of the issues here. Having responsible teachers, guards and school administrators armed could serve as a deterrent to some would-be mass murderers. Being unarmed without the chance of self defense raises the possibility of increased fatalities exponentially.

Frank M. Slaby, McGregor