Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Is Trump's Gun Stance Putting His Own Life at Risk?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Is Trump's Gun Stance Putting His Own Life at Risk?

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I AM sure that, as a good Liberal Democrat, Councillor Laura Benson does not mean what she rashly posted on social media about hoping Donald Trump "is assassinated" (The Gazette 07.12.17).

Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump has been elected leader of the world's premier democracy and should only be removed from office by constitutional means.

No-one should tempt Providence on the subject of presidential assassinations because, in the history of the United States, there have been assassination attempts on at least a third of incumbents, with four having been successful.

Sitting presidents Abraham Lincoln, James A Garfield, William McKinley and John F Kennedy all died at the hand of the assassin, whist Ronald Regan was lucky to survive.

In each case, the president was gunned down. Unfortunately, America is a violent country with homicide rates far exceeding those of the UK.

The unfortunate second amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing "the right to bear arms", means guns are everywhere.

It is therefore unsurprising that so many presidents have been the victims of shooters. In contrast, just one British PM, Spencer Perceval, has been shot dead.

Donald Trump is a champion of the gun lobby. But, by supporting guns, is he putting his own life at greater risk? STEVE KAY, East Cleveland Independent Councillor Rise of the robots a worry for workers THERE are times when we read announcements in the press from our so-called leaders or would be leaders that I find not only plain daft, but at the same time frightening, to think that such ideas could even cross their minds.

The most recent was the comment from the deputy leader of the Labour party Tom Watson.

On the subject of robots and androids he claims that - "automation is not to be feared and we should invest in robots and embrace an android which can boost our economy" - no mention of the 10 million jobs they might replace!

He claims they can do the "boring jobs", but has it not crossed his mind that many people in this country for whatever reasons (eg disability, lack of education etc) are only able to do those type of jobs and rely on the income from them to survive.

Tom Many could probably stay at home and be kept by the state but they prefer to be independent - they have too much pride. This man, like many more at the top, is clearly as they say - not for for purpose. …

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