Letter to the editor: What 'cool efficiency' of law enforcement?

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:56pm

J.R. Lind (“On arming teachers and other reactionary notions,” Dec. 24) refers to “the cool efficiency of law enforcement” while deriding proposals to restore law-abiding citizens' right to protect themselves in so-called “gun free zones.”

What “cool efficiency” did law enforcement display in taking 20 minutes to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary school as students and teachers huddled under desks, defenseless to fight back against a demented assailant? Once the killer realized a gun was pointed at him, he took his own life, thus ending his murderous rampage.

What “cool efficiency” did law enforcement display in New York last August, when they sprayed the Empire State Building area with sixteen rounds, injuring nine innocent bystanders in addition to felling the suspect?

What “cool efficiency” has law enforcement displayed nationwide during its recent epidemic of family pet shootings — a crisis that has led to the creation of Facebook pages and YouTube compilations?

However, we should give credit to law enforcement for one thing: creating a workplace environment for themselves that discourages the types of incidents we’ve seen in “gun free zones.”

—Charles Held, of Mount Holly, N.C.

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66 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 1/2/13 at 9:06

y: bfra on 1/2/13 at 3:29
bud - Raspy - low life equals low income. Small mind equals small income. The "roid" is so good at running everyone down. But when it gets dished back at the "roid", the "roid" can't take it.
This from someone, by her own words, can't get a job & if she happens on one, can't hold it. Gets SSI & any other freebie she can. Of course she is good at threatening to sue any & all, again by her own words.

And what is the reason I can get SSI? Because dumbo I was required by LAW to pay into it. Laws probably made up by democrats.

Everyone is required by law to pay into SSI except GOVERNMENT WORKERS! It wasn't my idea, but since I had to send the money to the gov-ment who said I could get some of it back, I'd be stupid to NOT ask for it.

How about you? Do you have social security taken out of your paycheck? Oh, that's right. You're drawing a check from the gov-ment to start with. Or your trust fund.

By: yogiman on 1/2/13 at 9:07

Isn't it funny how the "silly six" posters on this site feel like they're congressmen, budlight, they're right and we're wrong.

According to their way of thinking, I'm proud to be given the title of "troller" by them. I feel that's better than to think I'm an idiot like them so willing to accept someone as a friend (president) when I don't even know the guy's official name.

I posted a little show on Dianne Feinstein on the other issue. She proves she's a farce every time she opens her mouth about her bill for gun control. It's OK for her, but not for us.

By: Eye Nose & Now ... on 1/2/13 at 9:44

yogiman --- you and may be 2 or 3 othrs seems be only ones on City P who are
not Obama believers --- and ALL us others know what you say IS true but it is best
to use situational ethnics and tells lie about that as that keep Obama in ofice & it far
outways the bad if republicans ever gets bck in office. So we all others just tell white
lie about Obama he not Muslim and Obama he not born in Kenya and Obama he
leagle Presdent when we knows you are right but it best if YOU joins every body and
keeps white lies going cause if republicns get back in ofice they starve old folks and
spred lie all over the place for 4 yr.'s and if you, yogi man, keeps it up you destroys
the hominy enjoyed on this site by Believers,

By: bfra on 1/2/13 at 9:55

ENN - Did you forget your "ignore the troll" pact?

By: Eye Nose & Now ... on 1/2/13 at 10:21

Yes i may have should have ignored yogi man but felt good of straiten him out
outways bad of letting him go on and on confusing issues with facts so now I
goes back ignores yogi man

By: budlight on 1/2/13 at 1:35

bfra, stop answering your own questions (EN&N is you in disguise). Get a grip on yourself bfra; you and Capt. Nemroid are getting to be a big pain in the butt-tuskie!

Yogi, is it true that after a person passes 66, they can draw social security retirement AND make as much money on a job as they want to?

Just curious to know what you think.

And did you people know that when someone gets Social Security Retirement, which they PAID TO THE GOV-MENT, they have to pay taxes on it? That's crazy. Why do we get taxed on money we were already taxed on and forced to contribute? Can anyone say socialist?

By: bfra on 1/2/13 at 2:03

bud - SS is not SSI, dumb dumb.

By: budlight on 1/2/13 at 3:46

Social Security Retirement is social security. It is not a handout. I paid into it in FULL! 100%, but I will not live long enough to collect it all.

Metro's Civil Service Commission will consider a proposal next week that would cut firefighters pay if they are injured on the job.

Firefighter's do a job that no one else can - or will - do. They need to be assured that if they are injured, their bills still get paid. They risk their lives for the community.

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 5:22

social security income is social security (paying off)

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 5:53

Talk about gov-ment control; read this one:
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Call her the girl with no name.

A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. In a country comfortable with a firm state role, most people don't question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.

In Blaer's case, her mother said she learned the name wasn't on the register only after the priest who baptized the child later informed her he had mistakenly allowed it"

OK folks, get ready: the approved list is being worked on during the fiscal cliff talks instead of cutting spending and taxes.

By: yogiman on 1/3/13 at 6:53

In answer to your question yesterday of paying Social Security, budlight;
I didn't pay into Social Security during my 38 year career working for Uncle Sam. I was in a different retirement program.

I did work for several years after retirement when I turned 66 and paid into Social Security until I qualified to draw retirement from it.

If the law of then still prevails you have to pay into the program a minimum of 10 years in order to draw on it's retirement program.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/3/13 at 11:34

Moonglow1: Hideous letter. Law enforcement does an excellent job with the limited funding they are given. If people think arming teachers is the answer they are wrong. It would be nearly impossible for a civilian to take down a gunman brandishing an assault rifle and covered head to toe in protective body armour. Get a grip people. Quit your addition to NRA propaganda.

By: JohnGalt on 1/3/13 at 1:46

As the debate goes on between those for and against an unarmed citizenry, these words of wisdom I read recently seem appropriate, "When seconds count remember that armed police are only minutes away.".

By: yogiman on 1/3/13 at 3:50

True, John. You only have to ask the killer for a few more minutes to put your things together and hope he's stupid enough to wait.

Not everyone is inclined to handle a gun and I'm sure there could be a sound way to secure the school with a little solid thinking.

I don't think arming teachers will be any benefit. The schools systems will lose too many teachers who love teaching the children but will quit if they have to become armed teachers.

By: Moonglow1 on 1/3/13 at 4:19

Moonglow1: well John Galt the same may be true for armed citizens whom are not trained to react to mass shootings. Armed citizens may also take minutes to make a decision. And then what decision: take out the shooter, take out innocent lives with the shooter, put yourself in harms way knowing you are not likely to come out alive-lot to consider. SWOT teams are appropriately trained to make these types of decisions. A poorly trained frightened citizen whose vocation is teaching is not. You may be surprised to learn of violence against nurses. You may as well arm them as well if you subscribe to NRA logic.

By: budlight on 1/3/13 at 4:47

Here is another example of a weapon misused. (And I believe a kid shot his dad and killed him with a bow in Montana recently. That's 2 or 3 in less than 3months.
A nine-year-old Macon County girl is recovering at a Nashville hospital after being shot in the head with an arrow last week.

According to the Macon County Times, the girl was accidentally shot in the head Thursday when she was playing with two other children, ages 10 and 11.

The 10 and 11 year olds were playing with a bow and arrow when she ran into the path of a released arrow.

According the report, there was an adult present at the time of the incident.

The girl was taken to an area clinic to be treated.

She was later flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she remains in stable condition.