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Guest Commentary: Obama/Biden Gun Control


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

By Jeff Erding, Wykoff, MN

“ALL IN ALL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL” [from THE WALL by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, 1979]

You may be sick of the gun control debate, and I sure don’t blame you. You may be thinking: “This guy is obsessed with guns. It’s all he ever writes about. Can’t he ever write about another aspect of the Constitution?” Point well taken. I revere the entire Constitution. It’s just that right now, the debate is raging over the second amendment.

And what’s with this “Brick in the Wall” thing? What does that have to do with “common sense gun control?” The answer is EVERYTHING. Please read on to find out.

There are compelling arguments from citizens and politicians on both sides of the issue. Let’s take the main issues and analyze them carefully, leaving out emotions and hype and concentrating on facts and effectiveness. Only then can we understand the goals of the proposed legislation and decide if it deserves our support.

1] UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. Good idea, right? I mean, we need to know who is buying guns. Who in their right mind could object to that? Let’s look at what the proposed legislation would do.

[A] Accurately stated, background checks will never be universal. Criminals will ignore them and the MENTALLY ILL ARE NOT TO BE REPORTED ON THE DATABASE. Who is left? Law abiding citizens who will never use a gun illegally but will risk becoming a felon if they dare bequeath a family heirloom to a friend or family member without going through an onerous registration process. The proponents of the legislation are perfectly aware of this fact. Then what is the real purpose? REGISTRATION. Some people in government want to know, to the greatest possible extent, where every single gun is and who owns it. On the evening of the most recent presidential inauguration, Charles Shumer admitted to MSNBC the goal is “universal registration” of “guns and gun owners.” When asked during a TV interview about the ultimate goal of the proposed legislation she has authored in the past, Diane Fienstein has stated

“Regarding your guns, Mr. and Mrs. America, TURN THEM IN. Every one of them.”

[B] Rest assured my friends; serial killers, murderers, violent and petty criminals of every sort will turn out in droves to support the proposed universal background checks and the politicians who are .....
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Letter about the NRA

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

Letter about the NRA To the Editor, A recent letter condemed the NRA for: 1) “Promoting a climate of fear of the government” 2) “Defining Liberty in terms of no restrictions on guns” The writer further stated: 3) “our ownership of gu ..... 
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Linda Sue Schroeder

Mon, Feb 4th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

LINDA SUE SCHROEDER, age 60, passed away unexpectedly at her home in rural Wykoff on Monday, February 4, 2013. Linda was born August 19, 1952, in Austin, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Marian (Snell) Lerum. She was a graduate of Austin ..... 
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Thompson Motors rolls with the changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

Since first opening the doors in 1940, Thompson Motors of Wykoff, Minn. has learned to roll with the changes in order to keep the business not only surviving but thriving. Started by Charles Thompson as a general repair shop and filling station, th ..... 
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Area resident is Lottery winner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Social Scenes

Congratulations to Michael Boelter of Wykoff. Boelter won $5,000 by playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Poker Night scratch game. Boelter claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2013. The winning ticket was purchased at the Northstar Bar, 503 N. Broadway in Roche ..... 
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Area resident is Lottery winner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Business Announcements

Congratulations to Michael Boelter of Wykoff. Boelter won $5,000 by playing the Lottery’s $100,000 Poker Night scratch game. Boelter claimed the prize on Jan. 2, 2013. The winning ticket was purchased at the Northstar Bar, 503 N. Broadway in Roche ..... 
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WAHS celebrating Christmas with annual tours and concert

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Area Historical Society will celebrate the Christmas season 2012 with Home Tours on December 1st and a special Christmas Concert on the 2nd at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff. On Saturday, December 1, the Home Tours will feature ..... 
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Ruth Ann Dohlman

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Ruth Ann Dohlman age 65 of New Hampton died Thursday afternoon, October 18, 2012, at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City after a lengthy illness. Ruth was born on May 2, 1947, in Aplington, Iowa the daughter of Eime and Irene (Li ..... 
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Darrell Lobland

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Darrell Lobland Darrell Lobland, 69, of Wykoff, died Friday, October 5, 2012, at the Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester. Darrell was born on February 13, 1943, in Austin, Minnesota the son of Glen and Freda (Bremseth) Lobland. He attended scho ..... 
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