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Don’t get carried away lengthening kids’ time in school Re Gov. Cuomo’s and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s proposals for lengthening the school day, and school year [Jan. 12]. How would they like someone to tell them that their job will now be extended 300 hours a year? What are they thinking? These are children we are talking about, our children. Don’t we get any say in this monumental decision that will affect our kids, as ...


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wmarincic
January 17, 2013
7:40 a.m.

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John Vohr, I find you're letter offensive and I believe that we should ammend the 1st ammendment, the right to free speech. I feel that if you are not educated enough to know that the 2nd ammendment is to protect us and keep us free, then you should not have the freedom to write this letter. It sounds ridiculous doesn't it? Guess what? Take away the 2nd ammendment and the 1st ammendment and all of the other articles of the "Bill Of Rights" will soon follow. By then I expect that you will wish you had a gun.

justapto
January 17, 2013
8:55 a.m.

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Banning assault rifles is logical. Otherwise; everyone should be able purchase m-60 machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars and all the ammunition that goes along with them.
If owning guns is reasoned because it prevents the government from taking over the citizenship; then the citizens should own competing weapons of size and destruction.
Your AR-15 won't match up against the weapons the military currently utilizes.
Think about it.
Criminals, mentally ill and pretend 'citizen militia' own these weapons for no use other than to kill innocent people. That and to go into the woods and shoot down small trees.
I am a combat veteran, own multiple hunting 'guns' but see no good use for civilians to 'Play Rambo'.

cfield
January 17, 2013
9:32 a.m.

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These laws are terible. Aside from turing law-biding citizens into criminals they do nothing to fix a problem. I hate to say it but this is all a moot point. You live in NY. This should come as no suprise. Unless they went too far away from what the state can legally do or ignored the constitution it's done and over with. I don't care if it was debated for 2 years the vote would be the same. There are more people in NY that don't like guns than people that do..It's that simple. The representive form of governmet worked. People voted anti-gun people in. So you get anti-gun laws out. I think we should be happy they didn't tell us all we can have is a black powder musket since that was the rifle of the time. Feel free to vent but other than that the simple truth is we are outnumbered... Welcome to NY.

bostonredsoxfan
January 17, 2013
1:41 p.m.

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wmarincic- There is significant historical evidence to suggest that the 2nd Amendment's primary purpose was not about keeping us free, but, instead, about keeping others enslaved. Keeping us safe could, perhaps, be seen as one of the reasons, but it was not safety from foreign enemies or a tyrannical government - it was safety from a slave revolt. You can read more here: http://truth-out.org/news/item/13890-the...

biwemple
January 17, 2013
1:59 p.m.

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In probably less than 50 years from now, the military will likely be using a lot more directed energy weapons (lasers, EM rail-guns, etc)- basically the stuff of sci-fi movies today instead of small-arms. This technology was already starting to be developed & tested in the 80's at White Sands when I was in the Army then, so its only a matter of time. When this happens will citizens be clamoring that they should also possess these for self-defense and sporting purposes too? Seriously, where does it end?

Control your government at the ballot box instead of showing constant apathy and re-electing the same manipulative borderline sociopaths and do-nothings, then complaining that our system is so dysfunctional to its citizens. Do that and the Second Amendment will become about as necessary as the Third.

janesjoys
January 17, 2013
3:02 p.m.

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biwemple - you got my vote!
bostonredsoxfan - I really appreciate your continued efforts, but truth is not what wmarincic wants.

wmarincic
January 17, 2013
7:04 p.m.

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Certainly not you're wacked out kind of truth Jane. God forbid I become like you.

wmarincic
January 17, 2013
7:12 p.m.

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Boston, I did not know that part of history and I tried to find the original 1st draft of the 2nd ammendment that replaced "Country" with "State". If you can find a link please share it with me.

bostonredsoxfan
January 17, 2013
8:13 p.m.

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Here's one source: http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?col...
You'll find the 2nd Amendment reference in the left column, toward the bottom.

wmarincic
January 18, 2013
7:46 a.m.

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Thanks Boston for finding that.

bostonredsoxfan
January 18, 2013
9:02 a.m.

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I also found this article interesting: http://libertyandcapitalism.blogspot.com...

What becomes clear from digging around in all of the debate among the founders as they formed the constitution is that there is a great deal of ambiguity in regard to their intent, and that intent varied greatly among individuals. In short, their is nothing clear about the reasoning or intent behind the 2nd Amendment, no matter what anyone on either sides says.

robbump
January 18, 2013
12:27 p.m.

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John Vohr - too many people are killed over religion by guns, swords, axes, and anything else that can be used to injure, maim or kill.

Maybe we can remove religious freedom from those pesky constitutional rights too? Anything else? </sarcasm>

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