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Sound Off! calls published on Dec. 2, 2009
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• NYC trial for terrorists wrong

You gotta love it. Our president and Attorney General Eric Holder are saying we're going to give five top Al-Quida terrorists a fair trial in a civilian federal courtroom in New York City. Four of these five have never set foot on American soil but they will now have access to the same legal system you and I have, except they access it for free. We, the people, will pay for it.

They portray it as a no-big-deal criminal trial and that slamdunk they'll be convicted as guilty and executed guaranteed. Top Democrats like Leahy, Schumer and Durbin echo the Administration's guarantee. Both the left-wing mainstream media and the lawyers in this field are licking their lips. The cost of this political charade will be mindboggling and in the end rather than show the world the integrity, honesty, fairness and superiority of the American justice system, they will demonstrate the same justice of any Third World nation. Give them a fair trial, then convict, then hang them. Basic common sense and a grasp of reality should tell you this is a mistake; but these two simple instincts are sorely lacking in America today.

• Let second stringers play football

I'm calling about the article about Coach Johnson. He's a good coach; there's nothing wrong with the way he coaches the kids. It's just that the kids aren't doing the plays like he's calling them because they just don't have the talent this year.

But the other part of that question in that article was how they should let the second stringers play. That happens at both the high schools in Ceres. My son played for Central Valley and they never let the second string players play either. It didn't make any sense. With having the score being so lopsided they should let those other kids get in, even if they did a lousy job. At least they'd get to play. There was many, many games in the four years that my son "played" that there were a lot of kids who showed up for practice every day and they never got to play in a game. When a team's losing by so much, just let the other kids play.

• Name Ceres schools after war heroes

I'm just have a concern about the new Cesar Chavez Junior High School name. I know Cesar Chavez was a good man. Martin Luther King was a good man. Still why don't we name our schools after local heroes, soldiers who died for this country, who actually gave up the ultimate sacrifice. I mean, I think we have enough schools, government buildings named after Cesar Chavez. Every town that you go to, in a low-income area, either has a Martin Luther King Street or Martin Luther King Park, Cesar Chavez Park, Cesar Chavez Street. I know California's got a lot of Mexicans in it but it also has a lot of other different nationalities.

Let's name our schools after local heroes. I'm sure they can pick out a few names of local soliders who gave their lives for our country; and they live right here in Ceres and Modesto.

• A little history on gun control

Here is a little history on gun control.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

You won't see this data on the evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were armed.

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

Switzerland issues every household a gun! Switzerland's government trains every adult they issue a rifle. Switzerland has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world.

It's a no-brainer! Don't let our government waste millions of our tax dollars in an effort to make all law-abiding citizens an easy target. I'm a firm believer of the 2nd Amendment! Just think how powerful our government is getting! They think these other countries just didn't do it right.

Learn from history.