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From: John Vanderbur
Received: Sept. 5
When I was a boy and hunting season was in, I could hardly wait to get off the school bus, grab my 410 shotgun and go hunting. I recall those days with great fondness, although it wasn’t so good for the rabbits and squirrels.
Today, I look out the windows of my home and watch the squirrels play as they go chasing each other. I can honestly say that today I derive much more pleasure from watching them than hunting them. Perhaps it is just nostalgia, but back then it seems to have been a much more gentle time in American society; my, how things have changed.
Prior to last year’s election, I received a flier in the mail from Cindy Ziemke, who was running for state representative. When I looked at the flier, I was aghast at the written comments. On one side, there was a picture with at least three handguns and what appears to be high-caliber bullets.
On the other side were highly inflammatory remarks, such as “We must stand together in this important battle against the most liberal government in the history of these United States.” Another remark: “The ability for a people to take up arms to defend themselves is crucial to the survival of our Republic.” Another remark: “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people’s liberty’s teeth.” This flier represents the sickness of our current American political system: Say what you must to get elected.
Having looked at this from an objective manner, I know that assault rifles are manufactured to serve no other purpose than to kill human beings. I know that high-
capacity magazines serve no purpose for civilian use. I know that there are no threats of infringements on the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
I know that the NRA and spineless politicians have hands that are awash in the blood of those who have been struck down. The politicians, in particular, seem to enter a twilight zone where honesty, integrity and morality are cast aside for political expediency. It is shameful and disgusting.
I understand and agree that if Americans want to own shotguns, rifles (a high enough caliber to kill deer) and handguns for self-
protection, they have every right to do so as outlined by the recent rulings of the Supreme Court. Today, the introduction and proliferation of additional armaments into our society place us at the mercy of those that have and will cause death, maiming and inexorable grief and pain for the families of the fallen.
Military-style assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, loopholes in our laws that allow people on the terrorist no-fly list to legally purchase weapons, gun show loopholes that allow purchase of weapons without a background check: These are examples of the scourge of weaponry that has been wrought upon our society. This goes beyond the pale of reason and common sense.
I have a challenge for those who may disagree with my comments. Go online and Google the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and find the pictures of the victims. I want you to clear your mind and cast your eyes upon those 20 children, 6 and 7 years of age. Look into their innocent eyes, look at their smiles.
Think about what their lives could have been and then think about the graves that they now lie in. Although their hearts are now still, we as Americans must still hear their little voices saying goodbye to their mom and dad on their last day of school, their last day of life.
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