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April 28, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Columnist needs to rethink satire

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The column you republished by Daniel Akst in Monday’s issue, “Hey, kids, don’t forget your guns,” was one of the most disgusting pieces of “journalism” I have witnessed in a very long time.

Akst is making jokes about arguably the worst tragedy since 9/11. I guess this is his idea of satire, but I can only imagine the horror of the parents of the Sandy Hook children reading such trash.

He should be fired.

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  1. I usually respond to these guest columnists in the Sun. But I did not to this one. I thought the satire was in bad taste and the author did a poor job making the point. The point made is that the USA, due to the NRA and 2nd Amendment supporters, is becoming a police state. Not so. They [NRA and 2nd Amendment supporters] are not saying that at all. We must ensure freedom from becoming a criminal state.


  2. Carmine--I think that the point of the column was to cause people to re-think their ideas about gun rights...and their knee-jerk reactions to any/all discourse on said subject.

  3. Paul---Well, if you disagree with (at) them!

  4. David:

    His satire in making the point was in bad taste.


  5. Carmine---Taste, like beauty, is perceived by the beholder. Should only a few decide these things for everyone?

  6. David:

    Why not ask the letter writer? He wrote the article which I completely agree with word for word with one minor exception: I don't think, like the letter writer, that he should be fired. I think, rather, that the Sun should use better judgment in the timing and content of what it prints.


  7. "And another shooting today, in a high school in
    California." @ Teamster

    Copy cat shootings. Also, part of the problem of our culture. In past years, news coverage of these events was usually printed/sparse on the networks and always delayed. In today's world, the shootings and killings are all in real time 24/7. The crazies with whatever other assistance they use/need to do their evil have a menu of options from which to choose to do their ilk of preference. For whatever reasons.


  8. BTW, Teamster et al: According to recent polls, 77 percent of Americans favor the NRA recommendation to put armed guards in schools.


  9. "BTW, Teamster et al: According to recent polls, 77 percent of Americans favor the NRA recommendation to put armed guards in schools."

    So, Carmine, How much would you like your taxes to increase, in order to pay for weaponizing our schools??

  10. Oviously you don't read my posts here P Collins. I have said on several occasions that when it comes to our most precious possessions, our children, we should start with the premise that no amount of money is too much to guarantee their safety and security.