Pink-flag legislation is in nice debate

Re: “Counties defy ‘red-flag’ invoice,” March 7 information story

One of many causes given for the proposed “red-flag” legislation is to minimize the variety of suicides. An excellent objective, however for this to really happen there would should be a correlation between gun possession and suicide. Whereas this would appear to make sense, the details don’t help this correlation.

America has, by far and away, the very best gun possession per capita. Nevertheless our nation is much from the very best in suicide fee per capita, in accordance with the web site Nations with one tenth the variety of weapons per capita like Belgium, France, Switzerland, India, Finland and Japan all have increased suicide charges than the USA. There are 26 nations with the next suicide fee than the USA in accordance with the world inhabitants overview. All have extraordinarily small gun possession charges in comparison with the USA.

The details appear to point suicide fee is a psychological well being concern not a gun concern. To move a legislation that violates the fifth modification “no particular person shall be disadvantaged of life, liberty, or property, with out due course of” is unhealthy sufficient. And sure taking property away previous to giving the particular person affected due course of is precisely what the proposed legislation will do. However to move the legislation like this with out really wanting on the details is worse.

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John Osterholtz, Pueblo

Three Colorado counties say they might slightly enable people who find themselves decided to be a hazard to themselves or to others to nonetheless be allowed to have weapons? I don’t perceive that logic. Some people appear so enamored with weapons that they’re prepared to permit something by anyone to ensure that a couple of individuals who have been decided to be a hazard to themselves or to others to nonetheless be allowed to have weapons.

This logic is senseless! I, for one, am sick of individuals having weapons who’re harmful. How does this make sense? Are there really people who’re so enamored with weapons that they are saying it’s all proper for some to die or be wounded simply so that these radicals can say they induced a gaggle of people who find themselves harmful with weapons to be allowed to have them? So weapons have turn out to be extra vital than lives now?

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John Ruckman, Lakewood

Add Breckenridge troll to DIA

Re: “Picket trolls new house introduced,” March 7 native briefs

Breckenridge’s Scandinavian troll actually belongs in Denver, worthy of inclusion among the many different “artwork” greeting vacationers at DIA: the red-eyed, blue horse; the lighted promoting wall; and, now, the troll.

David Abell, Denver

Cranes’ followers flock to competition

Re: “On the transfer,” March 11 photographs

Kudos for placing entrance web page photographs of the cranes within the San Luis Valley within the paper.

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I volunteer at Rio Grande Headwaters Land Belief sales space. Many guests at this yr’s profitable Monte Vista Crane Pageant got here from the metro space concerned with cranes and the San Luis Valley. We defined to many good people what conservation easements are, why they exist, and the way they work. Federal and state individuals did nice work speaking about wildlife points. Excessive-quality arts cubicles have been fashionable. Per normal, college buses took guests on viewing journeys.

Every year, Monte’s Crane Fest attracts individuals from all around the nation. Space lodge rooms have stuffed with birders for greater than 30 years.

Locals love our 20,000-plus Sandhill cranes; farmers welcome them to their grain fields; at night time most fly again to a nationwide wildlife refuge simply south of city.

I hope subsequent yr The Publish will ship a reporter in addition to the advantageous photographer whose work graced at the moment’s entrance web page.

Margy Robertson, Monte Vista


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