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Neil Bluhm 74 Chicago real estate $2.1 billion. #229 Forbes 400 list.

Neil Bluhm, 74, Chicago, real estate, $2.1 billion. #229 on Forbes 400 list.

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Updated: February 19, 2013 1:57PM

Violence begets violence

So, let me get this straight: We are constantly bombarded with movies, TV shows and video games that graphically depict the murder, mutilation and torture of human beings, and this is viewed as “entertainment” — and people are wondering why we have such a culture of violence in our society?

Michael Shawgo, Edgewater

Why we need gun safety

A gun is an instrument of death!

Dean Koldenhoven, Palos Heights

Smaller clips would save lives

This is not rocket science, but I have yet to hear one pundit come forth with data that reflect the fact that almost every documented case of a thwarted mass-killing public shooting spree was stopped when bystanders tackled the gunman “WHEN HE WAS RELOADING”! Smaller clip capacity WILL save lives ... PERIOD! They will, at the very least, give the public that fighting chance, that small open window, to tackle these cowards and unarm them.

Louis DeRosa, Westchester

No tax breaks for casino owner

Michael Sneed’s recent article regarding a Chicago casino shows yet another rich guy complaining about money ... when he’s already living better than the majority of the population.

The operator of the Rivers Casino is complaining that if Chicago gets a casino that he wants tax breaks to “survive”! Really?

A guy that owns a casino doesn’t know what it means to “survive.” As the operator of a casino, I’m willing to bet that Neil Bluhm doesn’t worry about covering his rent every month or clip coupons to pay for groceries every week.

The Rivers is the state’s highest-grossing casino (according to the article), and Bluhm wants to take money from the state and its people ... both of which are already broke!?

This is truly an example of “the rich get rich, and the poor get poorer.”

Scott Gaughan, Elmwood Park

Make cops think first

The city of Chicago has just paid out two large sums of money in order to right the wrongs of brainless cops again. I think that when these cops are hired it should be made clear that if an investigation shows they have acted outside of their duties that instead of the taxpayers footing these bills, the victims will get these brainless cops’ pensions. Then I’ll bet you they’ll think before the act.

Mark Wilkins, Uptown

How a pistol saved my uncle

My 75-year-old Uncle Henry lived in Harvey, a far south suburb of Chicago. He lived in the same house for 40 years with his wife. His wife passed away in 1976, so in 2000 he was lonely and spent many hours watching TV. He was old and frail, did not travel well.

One night while he was watching the TV in his small four-room house, two large men kicked in the rear door to his home to rob or kill him. Uncle Henry had an ancient .38 pistol with ammunition as old as the gun. He aimed at the ceiling and pulled the trigger a few times before the old ammunition fired. The would-be robbers/killers fled rapidly since he was armed.

My wonderful uncle passed away five years later, but thanks to that old pistol, I was able to spend those last years with him. The story was a small footnote in the news, but had he been killed or killed a robber, it would have garnered much larger attention.

More gun laws to be totally ignored by the criminals will not help protect anyone, but will actually hurt the law-abiding people that merely want to protect their families, hunt, target shoot, and live in peace. The criminals steal their guns and ignore the laws, so more laws for them to ignore will not help.

The Connecticut shooter was mentally ill and stole the weapons and killed the legal owner. No law can stop this, only common sense such as securely storing the guns and preventing access to mentally disturbed people and minors.

Lee Stahr, Shorewood

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