All letters from me are sent to the Reader's Open Forum of the Riverside
County Press-Enterprise newspaper. The press is constantly criticized for
being too liberal, and this particular paper is no exception. Riverside County
is very conservative in it's make-up, so this paper's editorial board let's
a few letters of Conservative tone slip through to please the locals. As
usual, it all comes down to dollars and paper sales. So, they are at least
to be commended for having some business smarts.
The titles are of the editor's choosing. The print dates are after
To the heart of the problem.
In response to the article on the recent conference on gun control
at RCC: First, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental,
constitutional right guaranteed to every law-abiding citizen of the United
Second, if you ban guns, people will kill each other with knives.
If you ban knives, people will rob and kill with sticks and stones. Ban sticks
and stones, people will maim and kill with their bare hands. Where does it
stop? The problem is not inanimate objects, it's the heart of
Michael A. Baker. (Printed March 03,
This is in response to Mary McGrory's ridiculous tirade against
Virginia's new law permitting its citizens to carry concealed weapons, in
her column of July 10. She made clear her naivete of gun ownership and the
mindset of the nation!
Take California for example. After the riots, handgun sales across
the nation soared. How many of those guns do you think are tucked away in
their owners' nightstands, unloaded and secure? Be realistic! A good majority
of those firearms are being carried concealed, unlicensed, in the cars and
on the persons of responsible citizens who know how to shoot them and when
to shoot them. And with no huge increase in firearms-related murders, as
Why? Because the law-abiding are realizing the "state" cannot protect
them and are taking responsibility for their own safety and protection. .
Michael A. Baker. (Printed July 16,
Taking back the streets.
In response to your editorial concerning the passage in the State
Assembly of the bill that would make it easier to obtain a concealed weapons
permit, you stated: "It should be remembered that those who support this
bill, on an issue this large and basic, are expressing no confidence in the
judgment of law enforcement leadership regarding matters of public safety."
I say: Exactly.
The utter failure of gun control legislation's aside, where were
the police when L.A. was being looted and burned? Where were the police when
those innocent people were being slaughtered like sheep in San Ysidro? When
that little girl and her family were being ambushed on that dead end street
in Cypress Park? And the list goes on and on.
I think the time is soon coming when the law abiding people of this
state are going to seize the initiative and take their streets back from
the predators that roam them, exercising their right to self defense. . .
Michael A. Baker. (Printed February 13,
I read, with some sympathy, the article concerning the new push for
more useless gun-control measures in the California Legislature
Press-Enterprise, April 8 now a state with some of the most restrictive
gun-control laws in the nation.
I would think the law-abiding citizens of California should now be
seeing through these hollow, ridiculous attempt at "crime control" as nothing
more than governmental intrusions on their own constitutional rights, seeing
how they are the only ones affected by them. Did any current laws stop the
lunatic criminals that initiated the recent, much televised, West Hollywood
bank robbery? Every firearm in their possession was "banned."
. . . The tragic, endless slaughter of the defenseless sheep of our
society by the criminal wolves that continually prey on them will not stop,
regardless of the ordinance enacted, until the sheep take responsibility
for their own lives, demand the right to self defense without fear of state
prosecution, and start to bite back!
Michael A. Baker. (Printed April 14,
The collection will continue. . . .