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Letter: Is it really about guns or control?
Editor’s Note: This letter originally appeared in the Newton, Conn., Bee, and is circulating on the Internet.
I live in Sandy Hook, Conn. My family and close friends weren’t harmed on Dec. 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief.
Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I’m not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers’ circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George’s successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present-day Washington, it’s as threatening as ever.
That so many of you view the National Rifle Association (NRA) with its resistance to further restrictions on firearms as intransigent lunatics has far more to do with how you conduct yourselves in office than it does with the NRA’s actions.
You in public office are fundamentally dishonest people. You lead lives of deception at every turn, structuring your lives as comfortably as you can while governing with an indifference and arrogance that is absolutely maddening.
When the country is reeling from financial disaster, you waste a trillion dollars on a health-care bill we can’t afford and you’ve never read. You claim it’s critical because health-care costs are killing this country. No they’re not, you are! You are killing this country. You endorse the ongoing slaughter of millions of unborn children and whine when terrorists are waterboarded.
You can’t lecture us right in Newtown High School about not doing enough to keep our children safe, while simultaneously slaughtering the unborn. You fabricate the intense, media-laden drama of the fiscal cliff and lack the courage to do anything about truly reforming the obscene gluttony of government. You know you’ll be out of office before the bill comes due! You don’t care and have no integrity or honor.
You lie whenever and wherever you need to move forth your agenda. Were you able, you would purge the U.S. of every last gun in the country, if you could.
So please forgive Wayne LaPierre and those of us who don’t trust you as far as we can spit. You’re a dishonest lot, motivated by a distorted world view. If mass murder prevention were truly your goal, you would welcome armed security wherever needed. It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children.
I have never owned a gun, nor wanted to as intensely as right now. You’ll stop restricting guns when only you have them.
Sandy Hook, Conn.
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