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Letters: Sandy storm relief efforts, gun control

My Path Wellness and Active Evolution Fitness, both from Milwaukie, teamed up on Dec. 9 for a Day of IMPACT to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

After seeing firsthand the devastating effects of Sandy, fitness industry leader Todd Durkin immediately set up the Durkin IMPACT Foundation and made a call to action. He asked all fitness professionals, worldwide, to host a Day of IMPACT. Motivated by this call to action, Certified Personal Trainers, Mike Thomas (owner of My Path Wellness) and Active Evolution Fitness joined forces to offer the community a fun, IMPACTful workout, while raising money for a great cause.

With the help of Max Muscle Clackamas, Dave’s Killer Bread, Great Harvest Bread Company, Dr. Mike Regan DMD, Wheeler Tree Farm, Tracy Todd, LMT, Susan Gervasi with Integrative Nutrition, Papa Murphy’s, Yogurt Shack, K. Allen Bodyworks, LLC, Nita’s Aloha Water, CAbi, Spotlight Performing Arts and JAFRA, Thomas and Santorno raised over $1,000. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go to the Durkin IMPACT Foundation. The foundation will be sending that money directly to those most affected in New Jersey and New York.

It is an honor to be able to help those who need it most. It is not every day that you can do what you love and make such an impact in the lives of strangers thousands of miles away. The community here in Clackamas County stepped up in a big way. It is amazing to see so many people, businesses and organizations, come together for those in need.

My Path Wellness and Active Evolution look forward to offering future fundraising events for local and national charities in need.

Nicole Santorno

Active Evolution Fitness owner

Guns are just objects

It is now long past time to repeal the Second Amendment. It serves evil, not good, violence, not peace, hatred, not love. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is a relic of a time when the citizens accepted their general powerlessness and seemed to live without imagination, just fear.

Still, it will likely take independent-minded gun owners to lead the overdue effort to rid our society of this curse. We need gun owners with conscience to finally, at long last, face morality, face the truth, face the irrefutable terrible facts on the ground, in the ground, that perfectly innocent children are victims again and again and again to the lack of backbone of gun owners.

I’m a peace person, as are my friends. I am striving to be nonviolent and have tried to learn nonviolence for years. I can point to alternatives to guns, I can argue against them, and that’s about it. What we need—what would dramatically change our national discourse on this—is for gun owners to stand up and tell the rest of us, “We no longer want our possessions to be regarded under our Constitution as sacred and above the law. We reject the kneejerk response from the NRA and the gun industry every time there is a tragedy. Not once—never, ever one single time—have they admitted that guns can ever be a problem and are just things that should be subjected to laws like anything else.”

When I worked on high-rise construction projects in my 20s and 30s I was very glad for OSHA. They inspected just often enough to help us stay relatively safe, even 300-plus feet off the ground in the Minnesota winter. We didn’t have company owners lobbying to declare scaffolding or tie-ropes or other safety devices somehow related to near sacralization. The OSHA inspectors would pick up a faulty extension cord, pull out their wire snips, and cut it into short, unusable pieces, and would then write up a fine. Did that cost our companies? Only once—then they told the foremen to be careful to keep it all legal.

We regulate cars, motorcycles, boats, and much much more. Some things are simply outlawed. People cannot have a marijuana brownie but they can have a handgun?

The lives of children are sacred; guns are just objects. We choose guns over children every day that we do not get rid of that long-antiquated Second Amendment.

Am I suggesting ridding ourselves of the Second Amendment would solve everything? Obviously not; guns haven’t solved much either. We need to learn new ways.

Learn nonviolence. Work to end poverty. Share. Support candidates who will reduce military expenditures and increase subsidies to all the many new ways to manage conflict that do not involve violence and the threat of violence. Learn about Gandhi. Learn about mediation. Learn about de-escalation. These are how we negate the “need” for guns. Are they foolproof? Nothing is. But the Second Amendment is not serving us well, not at all. Time for change.

Tom H. Hastings

Portland

Prosecute those responsible

In response to the gun-control folks: The recent events in Sandy Hook and Clackamas Town Center is just centered on the guns, not the irresponsible gun owners.

I realize the mother is deceased, but what parent teaches her mentally-ill son how to use a gun and where were they kept?Were they secured in a gun safe or locked away, or did they have trigger locks?

With the Town Center shooting, the suspect stole the guns from a friend. Were they kept in a secure location or with trigger locks? Put the blame where it belongs: irresponsible gun owners.

Prosecute them.

Don Brown

Oregon City

Reasoned gun control defined

During World War II the standard issue semiautomatic rifle issued to the Army and Marine Corps was the MI Garand.

The MI Garand was described by Gen. George Patton as “the greatest battle implement ever devised.” The MI Garand had an eight-round clip. If an eight-round clip was sufficient for soldiers winning the war in Western Europe, an eight-round clip should be sufficient for hobbists and hunters today.

The manufacture and sale across the counter of extended clips/magazines is outlawed. The sale of extended clips, whether at gun shows or by private parties, is outlawed. The use of extended clips by the original semiautomatic pistol/rifle owner is limited to rifle/pistol ranges or in licenced competitions. The sale price of any automatic rifle/pistol, whether sold across the counter, at a gun show or privately, includes an installed law enforcement-approved trigger lock.

The only semiautomatic pistols/rifles which will be registered or empounded will be those where the owners have been found guilty of violating gun-control laws at the city, county, state and/or federal law.

D. Kent Lloyd

Gladstone

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