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January 19, 2013

Guns, hostage horse top news

Tonawanda News — Two topics take over this week’s column: Gun control and a horse held hostage. 

Wayne Tahara, a retured teacher, was the speaker at a recent Exchange Club meeting and his topic was One Nation Under God and the new gun control law.

He started off by reading a message that Darrell Scott, the father of a girl killed in the Columbine tragedy, gave to the House judiciary committee’s subcommittee. In his talk, Scott read the following poem which he wrote.

“Your laws ignore our deepest needs, your word are empty air. You’ve stripped away our heritage, you’ve outlawed simple prayer. Now gunshots fill our classrooms and precious children die. You seek answers everywhere and ask the question, ‘Why?’ You regulate restrictive laws through legislative creed, and yet you fail to understand that God is what we need.”

Wayne then focused on the fact that the nation refuses to honor God and makes the NRA the scapegoat. He recalled how, when the U.S. declared war on Japan during WWII, the government “shot from the hip” and decided that the 110,000 of Japanese heritage would be taken to concentration camps where they lived for four years in the worst of conditions while many of the detainees’ sons and daughters were fighting and dying in the war.

 “It disturbs me,” Wayne said as his family was one interred and, in fact, he was born in a concentration camp. His parents had to give away their possessions including Samari swords that were handed down from generation to generation.

In his view, a bigger mistake than the gun laws was fanatics who forced prohibition. Gun laws simply sidetrack government issues such as Medicare and smaller government, he said.

Wayne said one answer is educate people is through the Exchange Club’s One Nation Under God program. He noted that in his opinion, the country lacks values as it’s reported that only one-fourth of children go to church today.

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