Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Non-lobbying solutions
People lobby for gun rights, but the gun industry is actually booming. The real issue is public safety, and what our elected officials decide to do.
Those prone to violence may have no recognizable history that may prevent them from obtaining a gun, especially when weapons are readily available and background checks may not always be required. Placing guns in schools may afford some protection, but also add risk. And even though there were armed guards at Columbine school and Aurora theater, people were still killed. Additionally, law enforcement officers trained to an accuracy of 78 percent have been reported under actual fire to hit their target only about 18 percent of the time.
The argument that better regulations should not be pursued because this will do no good is like saying, “What good are laws against murder or speeding because people will still murder and speed?”
After Australia tightened gun regulations in the ‘90s, gun deaths declined about 50 percent and there have been no more massacres.
Serious gun enthusiasts include knowledgeable and concerned people who should be speaking up to promote better solutions beyond just lobbying for guns and killing “bad” guys.
G. Bob Miller
Make them pay
The oil/gas companies using millions of gallons of Michigan water to extract natural gas should be required to pay a fee per gallon for the water used. So far Michigan water has been used without cost; and, by the way, is no longer useable, ruined by the chemicals used in fracking. Also, the water taken will lower water tables at a time when Michigan water levels, including the Great Lakes, are at historic lows.
Assuming that gas exploration is vital to American energy needs — an assumption not universally accepted — it is past time for the Michigan state government, the counties and townships to agree on a fee for water used in all fracking and impose this fee on fracking operators immediately.