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Vail Daily letter: Have to protect ourselves

Michael Cacioppo
Vail, CO, Colorado

The ludicrous letter by Henry Bornstein, printed Jan. 3 in the Vail Daily, once again demonstrates his naivete. Bornstein asserts that he would know with certainty what would happen if there was an armed guard in every school, and from his viewpoint, an armed guard would be killed. Of course, reasonable people understand that wouldn’t necessarily be the case.

Mr. Bornstein chooses to live in a gated community, Beaver Creek, which has a security force, so Mr. Bornstein has less to worry about than unarmed schools in the United States.

Mr. Bornstein’s view, to continue to fail to defend our children, is irrational and irresponsible. Reasonable people understand that criminals prefer unarmed victims. Advertising that schools are gun-free zones is inviting maniacs to come have their way with our teachers and our children.

Business Briefs (info@business has recently called for making arms available for some teachers, as well as having an armed guard (Dec. 20, 2012 issue), stating that “Local schools must be armed; we must defend our children!”

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There are many reasons for Americans to be armed, and hunting is the least of them. As Stanislav Mishin, an English Pravda columnist, stated recently, “Americans, never give up your guns!”

Mishin has given Business Briefs permission to run his entire column in an upcoming issue, but some of his best quotes are as follows:

“These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.”

“Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid, and the Reds learned from their civil war experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.”

“For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the U.S. Second Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (New York City, Chapel Hill, N.C.), swords (Japan), knives (China) or homemade bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or “talking to them”; it is a bullet in the head. That is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.”

“The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So are our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them, or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?”

Mr. Bornstein, as Spaniard George Santayana stated in “Reason in Common Sense,” “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”

Mr. Bornstein, President Lincoln is attributed as saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt?”

Michael Cacioppo

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