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Letter: Taking assault weapons not denial of rights

Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have not written in response to anything for some time, but feel strongly about the noise being made over the efforts to protect us from assault-style weapons. We can’t continue to allow our children to be murdered.

Taking guns away is not the point, and no one’s rights are being denied.

If any of you remember back in George W. Bush’s first term, there were few cries raised about our Constitutional rights being stomped on after 9/11. There are many people who were unfairly and unjustly arrested and detained on suspicion of possible terrorist thoughts and acts. For all we know some are still being held without warrant. Why did no one seem to see that rabid roundup as endangering our Constitutional rights? What about having our phones tapped, and illegal search and seizure in the name of Homeland Security?

It is really becoming painful to hear so many espousing Constitutional “knowledge” when they really haven’t read it, and don’t understand it. Most are simply parroting what someone else has told them it says.

Speaker of the House John Boehner stood with a copy of the Constitution and waved it while quoting the preamble in 2009 ... only it wasn’t from the Constitution, it was from the Declaration of Independence. Oh, never mind, you know what he meant. It was one of those documents by our founders. Who cares which one?

Well, we had better start caring. This country is going to tear itself apart with racism and obstructionism long before any outside influence harms us.

Education isn’t important to those who want to be in power. Educated voters are a problem when they actually get out and vote.

This past election was pretty clear cut, and it is time for everyone to start cooperating in Washington as well as in our communities.

We liberals were expected to go along and get along while the opposition was in control. We do know how to cooperate, but it seems the losers this past November don’t believe in that concept.

Ruth CainMaple Park

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