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February 28, 2018
Wallowa County Chieftain
Columnist was wrong to blame NRA
he Main Street column in
the Feb. 21 edition seemed
to push the narrative that the
gun is at fault in the Florida school
shooting, especially AR15 type
rifles and high capacity magazines
and the bad folks in the NRA.
The debate seems to suggest
two ways to stop these shootings.
One is to outlaw certain types of
firearms and magazines. The sec-
ond is to prevent the homicidal
maniacs from getting any weapons
and having access to our schools.
This includes armed personnel in
Banning a specific type of fire-
arm won’t do anything to solve the
problem. Weapons can be modi-
fied, illegal guns acquired or other
weapons substituted by any maniac
who is determined to kill.
In the ’30s, Marsh (Carbine)
Williams, designed and built a
semi-auto carbine in a prison work-
shop, while a prisoner. After being
pardoned, he sold his rifle designs
to Winchester and to the U.S.
Most shooters know the AR as
a great firearm for target shoot-
ing and a really superior system for
shooting varmints, like coyotes.
Even the Department of Home-
land Security (in their requisitions)
ordered AR15 style rifles because
they are necessary for “per-
sonal defense use in close quar-
ters ...” and they specify 30-round
Dean Weingarten of Houston
was attacked by three thugs as he
sat on his porch May 6, 2017. They
started shooting at him, he returned
fire with his AR15.
More than 40 rounds were fired,
and resulted in two dead attackers,
one wounded, Dean was unharmed.
If he had been limited to a six-shot
revolver or a few rounds in a shot-
gun, the result probably would
have been very different.
This country is beset by street
gangs, drug gangs and home inva-
sions. Are our elderly abused
women and easily victimized pop-
ulations not allowed to own a tool
that will allow them to protect
themselves from the victimizers?
The only effective solution to
this problem is to identify and dis-
arm the dangerous mental cases
and violent criminals. The NRA
has worked for decades to first
institute a background check sys-
tem and then to force the govern-
ment to input the name of dan-
gerous individuals to make that
There are still 38 states that
have not input a large percentage
of offenders and adjudicated vio-
lent mental cases into the NICS
system. We would not have the
system if the NRA had not pushed
politicians to approve it.
We have a political system that,
in many cases, thinks it is more
important to hide dangerous and
insane people behind HIPPA laws
than it is to protect public safety.
We have politicians who pro-
vide sanctuary to violent felons and
gang members in our country ille-
gally. President Obama pardoned
hundreds convicted of violent drug
and gun crimes.
The NRA has developed and
funded a program called School
Shield, which provides teams of
law enforcement personnel to do
a week-long assessment of a par-
ticular school, looking at facility,
grounds, access, monitoring, train-
ing and policies.
They provide the school with
detailed methods and ways to pro-
tect against school violence. This
is free to the schools, paid for by
those evil NRA members.
Please ask MSNBC, CNN, the
New York Times and the other out-
lets demonizing the law-abiding
gun owners in this country, ”what
have you done to help schools pro-
tect the staff and students?”
In addition, the NRA has long
assisted law enforcement with
training programs and ranges to
conduct training (like the Eagle
Cap Shooters Association Range in
The Parkland, Fla., shooting
absolutely showed us how to pre-
vent this type of shooting. We are
told that there were 39 times that
the Broward County Sheriff was
warned that Nikolas Cruz was a
danger and likely to kill people.
We are told that the school was
so worried about him that they
took several steps to control Cruz,
not letting him carry a backpack to
school and other precautions.
The FBI was warned at least
twice that he was a potential school
shooter and had made comments
to that effect on social media. Why
was he not on the “prohibited” list
for firearms purchase? Why was he
not involuntarily committed?
Once again, it is the person pull-
ing the trigger, not whatever type
of weapon he has in his hands. I
hold the FBI, the county sheriff,
the school and the mental health
community at fault here. There is
not one iota of evidence that any of
the five million NRA members had
The NRA should be thanked
for attempting to put procedures in
place to prevent this kind of trag-
edy. I have not even mentioned the
Broward County School resource
officer and deputies who appar-
ently took cover outside the school
while this homicidal maniac pur-
sued his massacre.
Douglas Wickre resides in Joseph.
will be back in
y column got pulled last week because of space
constraints. I’m a bit worried that not one person
called to ask if it was going to continue to appear.
I’m beginning to wonder if anyone reads this column or
perhaps our readers thought leaving it out was an oversight
on our part.
This week, I spent several days at a regional training with
Rotary International in Seattle. That left my time for col-
It was nice to
wake up to sun
ing after liv-
ing in Seattle’s
clouds, rain and
snow for a spell.
I’m not sure that’s something I could adjust to.
WAHL TO WALL
YOUR FIRST opportunity to see the newly remodeled
OK Theatre will be March 4 when the Infamous Stringdust-
ers take the stage. Darrell Brann and his crew have been
working like beavers on steroids to complete the work.
If you’ve ever remodeled anything, you know the pitfalls
that can crop up. And with a building as old as the OK, there
were probably more than a few.
Stringdusters are a terrific group, so it should be a great
night of fun and music. See you there.
PREPARING AND editing content for the 2018 Wal-
lowa County Visitor’s Guide has reminded me of the busy
spring, summer and fall ahead.
We expanded the calendar portion a bit this year to pro-
vide better descriptions about the events. In previous years,
we’ve only published an event name, assuming that every-
one knows what each event is all about.
We also have some absolutely amazing and stunning pho-
tography going into this year’s edition. It will be a work of
art, I promise.
LETTERS to the EDITOR
NRA is not
The Main Street column, “Children, Moms, and the
NRA,” nicely points out the fact that people affected by
terrible incidents such as drunk driving accidents, school
shootings and wildlife poaching take notice and become
That’s all well and good; however, the school shooting
issues of proper background investigations, mental health
and gun ownership aren’t mentioned.
These issues are being discussed at the highest levels;
in fact, our President (yes, the one in the White House)
has been discussing these and others for the past two days
with representatives of the NRA.
So, contrary to the writer’s desire that the NRA go
away, that’s more than likely not going to happen.
See LETTERS, Page A5
Why Trump dalliances really do matter
s I embark on this column,
I am all too conscious that I
am writing for an audience of
readers that might include children.
Although the subject matter is for adults,
I will make an effort to be discreet and
occasionally cryptic in my references.
Donald Trump married his third and
current wife, model Melania Knavs in
2005. By even the most lax of social
standards, he has not proven to be a
Trump and Billy Bush, cohost of the
show Access Hollywood, were recorded
in a conversation that proved to be a
disgrace to both of them when it was
unearthed October 2016.
On tape, Trump spoke crudely about
attempts he had made to seduce one
of Bush’s cohosts, Nancy O’Dell, who
was married at the time. Trump also
remarked that he had better take Tic
Tacs as he prepared to meet another of
Bush’s on air co-workers, explaining,
“You know, I’m automatically attracted
to beautiful (women) –– I just start kiss-
ing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I
don’t even wait. And when you’re a star,
they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Shortly after the release of the tape,
19 women came forward publicly mak-
ing various allegations against Trump.
The ages of the accusers and allega-
tions spanned decades. Trump brazenly
denied them all.
One of the accusers was Rachel
Crooks, who claims to have been a
somewhat starstruck receptionist at
Trump Towers when she introduced her-
self to the famous man outside an eleva-
tor in 2006.
According to Crooks’ account, as he
initially shook her hand, Trump contin-
ued to hold it and then began kissing
her on the cheeks and ultimately on the
Crooks claims the whole kissing inci-
dent went on for what seemed like two
minutes, and that day, she sent emails
to her mother and sister back in Ohio
describing how shaken she felt.
Her story has resurfaced recently
because Crooks is now running for a
seat in the Ohio state legislature. Trump
has gone on Twitter to blast the Wash-
ington Post for this story, tweeting,
“Never happened! Who would do this in
a public space with live security cameras
But, according to Trump’s own
boasts to Billy Bush, Trump would,
And it also appears from recently res-
urrected accounts that Mr. Trump was
very active sexually with other women
besides his new wife Melania in 2006,
including adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In October 2016, Daniels was pre-
pared to dish dirt about her brief affair
with Trump, but Trump’s attorney
Michael Cohen got wind of the sched-
uled interviews and set up a special LLC
for the purpose of securing a confiden-
tiality agreement with Ms. Daniels in
exchange for her denial and silence.
After the Wall Street Journal recently
unearthed details of Cohen’s $130,000
payment to Daniels and the New York
Times continued to press Cohen fur-
ther, Trump’s former attorney eventu-
ally admitted the arrangement, while
still maintaining that the affair never
happened and that the confidentiality
agreement was not authorized or funded
by Trump or his campaign and that the
money came from Cohen’s own pocket.
Gee, what a pal!
Another episode of journalistic suf-
focation (or altruism) also occurred in
October 2016 when the publisher of the
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National Enquirer, David Pecker, who
is another long-term friend of Trump,
bought the exclusive rights to the story
told by Karen McDougal, a centerfold
model whom Trump met at a pool party
at the Playboy Mansion, again in the
summer of 2006.
Pecker chose to engage in what is
known as a “catch-and-kill” strategy, by
purchasing the story precisely so that no
one else could tell it and he could snuff
it out. But recently, Ronan Farrow of
the New Yorker dug up and divulged the
same story in considerable detail.
Some readers might wonder why
Trump’s alleged womanizing, espe-
cially in consensual relationships or in
one-night-stands, should even matter to
us as citizens. But consider that in addi-
tion to the sheer immorality of cheating
on his wife or lying about it, or of pay-
ing or authorizing people to buy silence
via confidentiality agreements, there
remains the specter of one of the most
salacious allegations in the notorious
Allegations included an incident that
at the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow
in 2013, Trump was offered five Russian
women for an evening at his hotel. No
one knows what happened in Trump’s
hotel room that evening.
Vladimir Putin, whom Trump
referred to in a 2013 tweet as “his new
best friend,” has dismissed all allega-
tions of a sexual romp by Trump at the
pageant as ridiculous. But, Putin added
coyly, “We do have the best “female
proletariat” –– my translation.
Given Mr. Trump’s well-established
personal history before and since 2013,
is it possible, and perhaps even likely, in
light of all these recent revelations, that
Putin might have discovered Trump’s
Achilles heel? And if he did, what price
might we all be paying for Putin’s coup?
John McColgan writes from his home
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