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Gun control letter to the editor
March 23, 2018
California Eagle President, Orlean Koehle and the California Eagles are busy preparing for Eagle Forum of California’s 18th annual conference to be held on April 21 in Santa Ana. Tabitha Walter will be one of her many outstanding speakers. Please help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity presented by our great Eagle Forum organization in Cali!
Dear Editor: Orlean wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Santa Rosa newspaper about the latest attempt for gun control. It was published in The Press Democrat. This is just another example of what we ‘can’ do and can encourage others to do to educate others and to effect change. Thank you for the good reminder, Orlean!
EDITOR: The solution to preventing mass killings, whether done by guns or any other “weapons” (such as trucks, cars, knives, axes, machetes) isn’t to have more controls over these weapons. It is people who turn these items into weapons. It is people who need controls to teach them to be responsible citizens and have self-restraint.
Such “people-control laws” already exist and have existed for centuries. They are called morals, and they teach an inner code of conduct for self-governing. Examples are the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
California teachers are supposed to be teaching morals according to education code section 233.5 (a) and (b). The code, updated in 2016, reads: “Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship.” Part (b) tells us why: “… in order to prevent acts of hate violence.”
With moral teachings, young people and adults can develop their own inner controls and can be self-governing, as our Founding Fathers intended us to be. Then we don’t need a powerful police state to run our lives. We can remain a free people and a free nation.