A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Government should buy back weapons -- Kim Jalbert
We need a solution to the domestic terrorism gripping the United States. Automatic and semi-automatic assault rifles are weapons of mass destruction, designed to kill several people at once. As with nuclear warheads, they should not be owned by the general public.
They are not built for defense. They are built for mass assaults. Does that really have any place in a civilian environment? The idea that they are fun to play with poses another question. Should our children watch us shoot at human targets in fields -- for fun?
A solution is to outlaw all assault rifles. All legally-obtained weapons would be bought back by the government with their original bills of sale. All other weapons, purchased illegally, will be bought back by the government for the market price. Those weapon owners not compliant will face prison time plus high fines. Rewards will be granted to those reporting assault rifles kept illegally.
Make these weapons of mass destruction illegal to own, illegal to sell, and illegal to manufacture in the United States. This solution will come at a cost to our government. But we could approve access to emergency defense funds, because there is currently a war on U.S. soil.
Kim Jalbert, Reedsburg
It's not hard to read Mueller report -- David Sahakian
We hear so many contradictory and partisan opinions about the Mueller report. Our president and his allies say it exonerates him. His opponents say it incriminates him. It's easy to think that we mere citizens can't decide anything about it.
Here's a solution: Do a little reading and decide for yourself.
You don't have to read the whole report to get a good picture. The report is split into two volumes. I just read the intro and executive summary at the beginning of each volume.
In my paperback copy, that's a total of 35 pages written in direct, simple language. They are surprisingly quick and easy reads. Read those 35 pages and draw your own conclusions.
You can download the report for free at www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf. If you prefer a hard copy you can get one for about $7 on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble.
From now on, I'm not listening to anyone who is talking about the Mueller report and hasn't read at least those 35 pages.
David Sahakian, Madison
Don't get duped by anti-gun narrative -- Pete Zenz
The citizens of the United Sates are being duped by the rhetoric of the mainstream media and leftist politicians.
Whether it’s a harmless statement of opinion or a shooting by a deranged maniac, the first thing liberals do is thrown down the race card. It is mind-boggling how ignorant the American populace has become. In case you forgot, the race-baiting began long before Donald Trump ran for office.
The latest shootings predictably brought on a slew of accusations by Democratic presidential hopefuls. Contrary to Julian Castro’s opinion, the only thing fanning the flames of racism and hatred is the false narrative being pushed on everyone who is simple-minded enough to keep their eyes and ears glued to the mainstream news outlets.
Many factors contribute to gun violence, but these factors don't include President Trump, the National Rifle Association or guns. Guns have been around for hundreds of years. The truth is, the left is pushing their socialist agenda -- and twisting every word and action they can, in order to do so.
Wake up, America, before you find yourself without any rights or freedoms.
Pete Zenz, Middleton
Gun violence can't be the new normal -- Mark Quinn
Again, America has suffered through a mass shooting. But this time it was multiple mass shootings within days. Again, the shooters are "troubled" or motivated by hate.
Again, we've seen the usual outpouring of grief from politicians, mayors and police chiefs. Prayers will be recommended, said, and then we’ll move on. But those dead and maimed will not be moving on. And no, we as a people cannot just move on.
This cannot be the new normal.
As a country, let’s look in the mirror and try to assign blame where it belongs. Guns are what killed these people. And we, the public, allow these guns -- which really only belong on a battlefield -- to be readily available to most anyone.
We allow this because we continually re-elect those at the state and federal level who either do not believe in gun control or are too fearful of the National Rifle Association to buck this powerful gun lobby.
Just follow the money. By far, most of money spent by the gun lobby goes to Republicans. Hold them accountable.
Mark Quinn, Madison
Don't conflate evil and mental health -- Barbara Monroe
Tying mass shootings to mental health is a charade.
Granted, many suicides using guns are related to mental health problems, but mass shootings are different. If we look at the perpetrators of these mass shootings, we often find them to be angry and hate-filled young white men. Rarely are women involved.
Anger and hate are not definitions of a mental illness. They are part of the human condition and humans can always do awful things. Humans are capable of great good and great evil.
Do not equate great evil with mental health.
Barbara Monroe, La Farge